This section provides a commentary on planning applications and developments and the work we do in this area. From June 2018 it relies on links to our new planning portal for details of specific applications, and complements this by offering a broader thematic treatment. Also from June 2018, this section covers individual planning applications and wider developments, which were previously presented in separate sections.

thumbnail Parking in front gardens Berkeley RoadThe Bishopston Society's committee member responsible for monitoring planning applications and planning issues, Neil Embleton, has recently written to local councillors about two particular concerns the Society has relating to roof extensions and front garden parking areas. His full text, illustrated with local examples of poorly designed planning applications follows:

PeacocksFrontThe proposals for 147-149 Gloucester Road are well considered and represent a significant vote of confidence in the Gloucester Road.

planningapplicationsPlanning application 16/06887/H

Proposed second floor rear extension/addition to existing rear annexe.

planningapplicationsPlanning application 17/00166/H

First floor side extension over existing single storey extension and erection of two storey side extension.

planningapplicationsPlanning application 16/06307/F

Proposed new 2 storey 2 bed dwelling.

planningapplicationsPlanning application 16/05364/F

Change of use and conversion and extension of existing first floor (Use Class B1) and addition of two storeys within roof and roof extension, to provide nine apartments.

planningapplicationsPlanning application 16/05386/F

Partial demolition of existing building and erection of 2 and 3 storey building comprising 8 one, two and three bedroom flats (1no. one bedroom; 6. two bedroom and 1no. three bedroom); secure cycle parking; refuse and recycling store and ancillary development.

planningapplicationsPlanning Application 16/04531/H

Proposed roof extension to create additional living space.

We are not objecting to this application but have two comments :


Work to complete the remaining new build construction at the former swimming baths on Gloucester Road has resumed.

planningapplicationsPlanning Application 16/03139/F

349-353 Gloucester Road Horfield Bristol BS7 8TG 
 Proposed change of use to A4 including internal alterations, new M & E equipment and kitchen extract


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