loft extensionRecent planning applications we've scrutinised include a crop of ugly conversions that appear to be part of a pattern, more cafés proposed for Gloucester Road, and other proposals.

Below is a summary of some of the recent planning applications that you can find on our new planning portal - follow the links provided - in three categories.

Loft conversions, construction of dormers, etc., typically involving “permitted development powers:-

  • an unsightly dormer out of keeping with the character of the area was sadly approved under permitted development regulations at 33 Berkeley Road.
  • “The design is truly horrendous” was the summary given by our Planning Advisor (who is generally extraordinarily measured in his tone) to a rear extension and loft conversion proposal at 11 Queens Drive.

Changes of use affecting Gloucester Road:-

  • another Weatherspoons application with only minor changes to their previous very unpopular attempt to develop the dilapidated site at 349 Gloucester Road.
  • an antisocial café change of use proposal, which led to a massive outcry from local residents supported by us and Councillors, has been withdrawn at 164 Gloucester Road, though a resubmitted application has appeared and appears to have been approved, though at the time of writing this case is being investigated.
  • conversion of a shop into another café which we have registered concerns about at 285 Gloucester Road.

Other developments and conversions:-

  • permission has been granted for a small new house in place of a garage, at the rear of 73 Brynland Avenue.
  • a proposal for nine flats in two blocks, representing extreme overdevelopment, has rightly been refused following objections by ourselves and other local agencies, at 47a Zetland Road.
  • a flat extension was refused at 215a Gloucester Road.
  • we support reinstatement of the original bay window at 8 Olveston Road


Remember that you can follow the links provided from our planning portal to find all the details of any application, including in most cases the text of the comments we've submitted, and a summary of what we think. For even more detail click through to the Bristol City Council’s official planning portal from the application details screen provided.