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Bristol Carriageworks

List of planning applications which have been considered

BIAS try to keep an eye on planning applications which affect old industrial archaeological sites.

Avon Valley Railway

Applying for planning permission to formalise a situation which has been in operation for 25 years, whereby they start the preparation of a steam engine at 6:00AM on running days to allow it to be ready for use later. The original planning permission defined the normal “operating hours” as 10:00 to 18:00 hours and did not mention preparation time. South Glos are now apparently claiming AVR are not complying with the original planning permission.

Bitton Parish Council and a number of neighbours are objecting to the permission being changed, although it is only formalising the situation which has existed for many years. If AVR are not allowed preparation time for locos before use, then it will severely reduce the time available for generating income. See planning application P20/06181/RVC | Variation of condition no. 2 for Planning Permission PK17/2506/F to allow operating times from 6.00am on public opening days only (up to 130 days). PK17/2506/F-Erection of free standing canopy to replace existing canvas roof structure. | Bitton Station Bath Road Bitton South Gloucestershire BS30 6HD for full details. Submissions to support or comment on the application can be made from the web site.
Expiry date: 5 May 2020

Redcliffe Tunnel

More details
August 2019: One of Charles Richardson's admirable achievements as chief engineer for Brunel on a number of railway lines was the construction of the costly and technical harbourside railway, from Temple Meads over a viaduct, through a tunnel under St Mary Redcliffe, over a bascule bridge at Bathurst Basin and onto Merchant's Quay, Prince's Wharf and Wapping Wharf.

There is a proposal to completely fill the Redcliffe Railway cutting with student apartments, removing any trace of the cutting itself and fully obscuring the view of the historic Redcliffe tunnel portal which leads under St Mary Redcliffe. The proposal is currently at the pre-planning application stage. There is further up to date information on the Friends of Bathurst Basin website. The website also lists other campaigns in the area.

Local Councillors Paul Smith and Kye Dudd reported in January 2020: We have checked with planners and there has been no proposal submitted for a formal Pre-application, let alone for planning. We will keep a watching brief on this but think it is unlikely that a scheme with any prospect of approval will be submitted. The site landowners wish to retain the car park that currently occupies this space so the proposed residential block will sit on top of this car park.

Kingsweston Footbridge

March 2019: 19/01368/LA | Proposed removal and reinstatement of Kingsweston Footbridge, (replaced with increased headroom). | Footway Bridge Over Kings Weston Road Bristol.
Expiry Date 10 May? Grade II listed John Mcadam 1821. Option 1: Advanced Signage; Option 2: Narrowing of Road and Traffic Signals; Option 3: Lowering of Carriageway; Option 4: Elevate Bridge; Option 5: New bridge

Harbourside Plans (Cumberland Basin aka Western Harbour)/

A new web page was been created by the Council:

Everyone should be aware of is that this is a very early stage in the thinking around developing in the area. It is estimated that the whole process of planning and consultations will take a minimum of 4 years and that process has not begun as yet.

The Local Plan consultation summary has just been released today:

cumberland basin2019 - area increased

cumberland basin2018
May 2018: Maggie and Mike attended a stakeholders meeting to try find out more about all the news about the Mayor wanting to build 3,500 residential units on the docks by the Create Centre, and move the Plimsoll bridge! It will be called Western Harbour. We are fact finding at the moment since the project is driven by the Mayor and his cabinet and have been putting information up on Maggie is representing BIAS and CHIS! These plans will be shown when we do the Harbourside Walk in August 2018.

Brooks dye works

17/06049/M Approval of Reserved Matters sought for appearance, layout, scale and landscaping following the grant of Outline planning permission ref 17/03213/X and 15/06475 relating to the redevelopment of former commercial laundry site to provide up to 105 residential units (104 units proposed), commercial/community space (B1/D1), enlargement of Mina Road Park and associate infrastructure improvements (Major Application). | Land And Building Ashley Grove Road Bristol is now to retain the landmark, historic chimney which stands at approximately 39m high, (12-13 domestic storeys). The chimney will form part of the public art strategy and sit within the landscaped public realm. The smaller chimney behind Morley Street will also be retained. Given the industrial legacy of the site and a familiar historic feature in St Werburghs, the Chimney should stay to maintain the character, culture and landscape of St.Werburghs. The proposal is to add lighting to the chimney. The chimney has existing metal rings, which become more frequent as the chimney rises and becomes narrower, this provides a pattern/rhythm to be exploited and incorporated into the final artwork. The outline proposal is to add a circle of centrally controlled LED lights at each of these rings in a suitable cowl that would project all their light onto the surface of the brick structure. As it was a Dye Works, the colour changing element is an apposite reflection of the sites previous life. The Residents support group want the Brooks Dye Works lettering to remain in place.

Counterslip Tramways Generator Building

to get new lease of life. It originally housed the generator of the very first tram system. The original 1890s arched-front entrance on Counterslip is currently sealed off and will be re-instated with new glass doors at street level. These will open into a double-height foyer, allowing workers and visitors to enjoy the original scale of the internal spaces. The interior of the building will contain five storeys of Grade A office space, designed to make the most of the views across the harbour as well as meeting current British Council of Offices standards. The £12million renovation, will create 28,300 sq ft of work space for up to 300 people. Application 17/06919/F, 17/06920/LA show some lovely images. Expiry date 14 Feb 2018.

Historic Footpath

17/06471/LA and 17/06470/F. Install new gates to a listed building. The gates will enclose an access passageway. Basement Floor & Ground Floor Flat 48 Granby Hill Bristol BS8 4LS . Expires 31 Jan 2018.

The historic footpath goes under the house and leads to Hope Square. Residents have documents dated 1790 with their deeds showing this was built as a right of way. And also all other ways and more particularly a right of way for foot passengers only at all proper and reasonable times in the day unto and from said intended Square unto and from the Highway or Road leaving from the Hotwells to Clifton Down through an arched passage intended to be made under a House then erecting and building by said Francis Richards at the North West corner of said Square (said Square being Hope Square). Between 1793 and 1799 Thomas Beddoes had a clinic at Hope Square, Hotwells in Bristol where he treated patients with tuberculosis. Cows grazed in the Square. Humphry Davy his assistant lived nearby in Dowry Square. Write to Public Rights of Way Officer, Transport Service, Bristol City Council PO Box 3176 Bristol BS3 9FS if you have evidence of your use of this path over the last 20 years.

Mcarthur Warehouse

15 Aug 2018 Many of you will be aware that planning consent has been obtained to redevelop the derelict Macarthurs Warehouse site, which is located on Gas Ferry Road near the SS Great Britain. Demolition work will commence on Monday 20th August 2018 and be ongoing until 17th December 2018. The path between the derelict site and Rolt’s Boatyard will be closed for this entire period and pedestrians will be diverted via Cumberland Road.
21 June 2017 17/03139/F | Demolition of existing warehouse and associated buildings and structures. Redevelopment to provide a mixed-use development of 147 residential units, workspace and a cafe with ancillary gallery space (Use Classes C3, B1, A3) and associated car parking, servicing, landscaping works, provision of utilities and other supporting infrastructures (Major).
Comments in by 14 July 2017
I presented a statement on behalf of BIAS, mainly on the concerns of height and style in the historic City Docks conservation area, and protection of commercial use of the Albion Dockyard in view of the fact that roof terraces had been added, and flats had only one aspect which were facing the dock, some flats directly overlooked the Albert Dock and Rolts boatyard. For noise mitigation, residents would have to shut their windows for the acoustic glazing to work. The Central Area management policy specifically states that the proposal should maintain the viability of the commercial use of the Albert Dock. If the industry is unable to continue in a viable form at the Dockyard it will have a disastrous effect on the remaining maritime industries in the harbour. New residents may try to stop work in the boat yard because of noise. The Albert Dock is the only dry dock left in Bristol, has been operating since 1848 and is grade II listed. There was a conflict since the site had been allocated for housing.
Originally the applicant had stated that it was not viable to provide affordable housing, but the city valuer had worked out that 27 should be provided. There had then been negotiation to provide 18 units. The committee did listen to my arguments, and they asked the planners for clarification. They did not care about the appearance of McArthur and thought that copper cladding looked very industrial so did not want to re-use the red bricks either, Seven stories high also seemed to be acceptable. They were however concerned that the dock industry should be protected. They tried to find out if it was possible to stop residents from complaining about noise. There was a test case with the Ministry of Sound in London. All one could do was to warn potential residents that the site could be noisy. They thus had the choice between heritage and affordable housing. They were nearly minded to refuse the application but then someone proposed to change the affordable housing to 27 units since they objected to the negotiation. In the end, six voted to grant, three against and there was one abstention.

20 sept 2016: A small notice has been fixed to the hoardings around the dilapidated McArthur’s Warehouse, advertising a public consultation event for the future of the building. The notice invites people to view the plans at Underfall Yard at the following times:

This is an informal consultation by the developer and precedes a planning application.

6 Jan 2014: Restore McArthur's Warehouse and turn it into a community asset. This is an idea submitted to George Ferguson's Ideas Lab and it quotes my ideas from 2005! What Julie Parker hopes to do is to raise awareness of this lovely old building, as she feels that all too few people are even aware of it. That could make it harder for the developers to get away with their current proposal to turn it into housing with the promise of some jobs as well (pressing all the right buttons).

It now needs people to comment and vote on it. The more votes and the more comments, the higher profile it will have, and the more likely people will see it. To vote, you need to create a login, but this is quick and painless.

28 Feb 2012: Linden Homes is considering ideas on how to redevelop McArthur's Warehouse site on Gasferry Road. This site has a sorry planning history.
mcarthur warehouse
mcarthur warehouse
They have created a website They are keen to begin an ongoing process consultation and encourage feedback from the local community. If you would like more detals you can contact Nikki Davies on 0118 986 7704

2004: Planning Application 03/01463/X/C and 03/01464/F/C Planning Application 03/01463/X/C and 03/01464/F/C At the meeting on 16 March, the councillors voted to uphold their original approval, and thus demolish the warehouse. The demolition was agreed by the casting vote of the Chairman, Richard Eddy - the committee were equally divided. Predictable, but very sad.
After a very great deal of lobbying by the Civic Society, the chair Richard Eddy agreed to reconsider the application at the committee meeting held on Wednesday 16 March. The 10 page report is now on the web and recommends demolition despite the Secretary of State, the Government of the South West, English Heritage, Civic Trust, and the original recommendation of the Central Development Committee report in February 2004.
14 March Read my letter that I have submitted, demonstrating the weak, contradictory arguments for demolition
Evening Post 14 March 2004
Bristol Civic Society is furious over the latest move in a planning wrangle over a redbrick derelict Victorian warehouse near the ss Great Britain. Councillors are being advised to confirm a controversial scheme to tear down McArthur's Warehouse in Gas Ferry Road and replace it with a complex of three buildings up to five storeys high around a courtyard to provide offices, homes, upmarket bars or restaurants and service shops. The civic society has come up with its own plan to retain the warehouse, which it believes sets the scene for Brunel's masterpiece nearby.
An original scheme by Quada developers was given approval by the council's planning committee in September 2000. But before the official approval notices were sent out, the scheme was "called in" by the Secretary of State and a public inquiry was held. The four-day hearing was unusual because the council's planners, who backed the scheme, found themselves cross-examined by the main objectors - the civic society. The outcome was in favour of the Civic Society and therefore planning permission was refused.
Quada drew up a revised scheme with some modifications, including reducing the maximum height of buildings from seven to five storeys, which was submitted to the city council in May 2003 and not discussed by councillors until eight months later. English Heritage revealed that it was drawing up a report which was assessing the possibility of saving the warehouse and converting it. The council's planning officers suggested deferral so demolition could be further examined. But councillors gave approval, subject to conditions.
This prompted the Government Office for the South West to put planning approval on hold and it was later called in for a second time. A second public inquiry was expected to be held in February 2005, but English Heritage withdrew its objection on Christmas Eve, which led to the call-in being scrapped. The power to give planning permission has now been returned to the council's planning committee, which discussed the issue on Wednesday.
Planning officer Ian White says in a report there are no new matters which warrant the councillors changing their minds from previous decisions. But Stephen Macfarlane, of the Civic Society, is furious that a second public inquiry is not going ahead. He said: "If we had been told earlier, then we could have mounted our own case against the scheme. "It's not a bad building which is being proposed - it's just in the wrong place. This site is so important because it provides the backdrop to the ss Great Britain. If the buildings are too high, then the ship is lost. McArthur's Warehouse is so important because it is end-on to the ship, whereas the developer's scheme is to utilise all the dockland behind the ship. We fought this case at the first public inquiry and won. But now we've had the rug pulled from underneath our feet. What's happened is absolutely disgraceful."
Mr White says in his report that the background work which was done in preparation for the second public inquiry included the viability of saving the old warehouse. This led to a consultant's report which said the warehouse detracted from the character of the area. He said English Heritage withdrew its objection after a partial collapse inside the warehouse which led irs officials to believe that its retention and conversion was only "marginal at best" and therefore not worth fighting at a public inquiry.

We would urge all BIAS members who object to the demolition of the former Bristol United Breweries maltings, more recently MacArthur's Warehouse, and redevelopment with 6 storey offices and residential flats in the manner of the Point, to attend and voice their objections. This is a historic industrial area and should not be ruined. It should also stay as an industrial area. At the very least, write to Steve Gregory, Bristol City Council, quoting the above reference numbers making sure your letter arrives before 12 noon Tuesday.
Michael Woodman-Smith of CHIS would be pleased to provide members with further information, and details of the new material which we have obtained since the committee decided to allow the redevelopment last year. This includes the report commissioned by English Heritage which establishes the viability of the retention and restoration of the warehouse which we believe would create the best setting for the SS Great Britain. We have produced extensive 3D imagery of the proposed redevelopment (both before and after), together with in addition the proposals by SS Great Britain Trust to redevelop their own site with further 6 storey housing.
McArthurs Warehouse Application

The enquiry about MacArthur's Warehouse will not now take place in February 2005. The Secretary of State has handed it back to Bristol City Council. CHIS (Clifton and Hotwells Improvement Society) are trying to get it reconsidered by the Planning Committee.

Michael Woodman-Smith will be meeting with Civic Soc again in next few days re MacArthur's. They are lobbying to get the application reconsidered by the Planning Committee so that new information and objections can be heard.

This is a historic building directly behind the Great Britain, is one of few original warehouse buildings left in the docks and has associations with Brunel and should not be demolished. Pictures of warehouse and from across the river.

M shed crane

March 2017:17/01134/F Temporary erection of a tree-house for holiday accommodation and abstract art installation on Crane 29, M-Shed Princes Wharf Bristol BS1 4RN.
m shed crane

Comments in by 27 April 2017

Gas Works site, Anchor Road, Bristol

30 August 2016: progress on the Brandon Yard redevelopment plans.
Discussions with planning officers at Bristol City Council have continued over the summer, and design proposals are taking shape by a new developer who has bought the site. They have had "constructive meetings" with neighbouring residents’ associations.
They held a public exhibition of the latest plans at the Harbourside Pavilion (above Spitfire Barbeque Restaurant) at Hannover Quay, Harbourside on the 13th of September.
Gas works site
They had lopped off a seventh storey! but it is still six storeys high. I leave you to decide if they are sympathetic to the location!
Gas works site
Gas works site
They hope to submit their planning application later this Autumn.

Please ensure you post the feedback form to:
Brandon Yard
c/o Sulis Public Affairs
The Guild
High Street
Bath BA1 5EB,
Alternatively, scan and email it to Please ensure that completed feedback forms reach them by Wednesday 21st September 2016.

2011: 11/03266/F, 11/03267/LA| Refurbishment and conversion of West Purifier House to provide commercial floorspace (Class B1), the Engine House (Class A3); erection of four storey building to provide commercial floorspace (Class B1), associated disabled parking, cycle parking, landscaping and boundary treatment.

Gas works site Gas works site
June 2013

The Bristol-based Soil Association has announced it is putting together a planning application which will eventually see it moving into the historic gasworks on the northern side of the harbour. The multi-million plans will see the conversion of the derelict site into a modern office along with a new café, flats and art gallery. The charity, which champions organic food, has been hoping to move into a new headquarters for more than three years and already owns the site.
Granted December 2011

Jan 08: 07/03750/F PURIFIER HOUSE GASFERRY ROAD BRISTOL Plans to develop the last remaining corner of the city's Harbourside area have been given the go-ahead by councillors. At a planning meeting on Wednesday, developer Deeley Freed was given permission to convert the old Purifier House in Gasferry Road into shops, offices and flats. Erection of three/four storey building to provide ten residential apartments, retail use and restaurant. The building is the site of a former gasworks which dates back to the 1820s.

Bitton paper mill

25 Feb 2015: Planning application PK15/0532/F has ben lodged with S Glos for major housing development on site of Bitton paper mill.
Mixed use development on 7.4 hectares of land comprising up to 115no new dwellings; change of use of the Gatehouse to commercial use (Use Class B1); change of use of existing 'canteen' building to commercial and community uses (Use Classes B1/D1); engineering works to raise the raise the existing ground levels; associated landscaping and the retention of Ash House and Heather House in residential use (Use Class C3) | Golden Valley Mill Bath Road Bitton Gloucestershire BS30 6HJ To comment use the South Gloucester link by 9th March.

There is a heritage statement. This recommends that most of the industrial buildings are not worth saving, which we would tend to agree with except for the Dacora building which it dismisses as being 1920s red brick out of keeping with the general buildings in the village, when it is a good example of contemporary 1920s office building - not many of them about. It makes no mention of a weighbridge next to this building. I think both should be preserved and the Dacora could be easily converted to housing use.

The heritage statement refers only to standing buildings and makes no reference to potential archaeological remains and completely ignores a report produced in 2008 of archaeological assessment and watching brief of some trial pits. This clearly shows potential for archaeological remains which relate to the use of water management in the mill. In addition, as the site borders an important Roman road at a river crossing, there is potential for Roman remains.

We shall be putting in objection on basis of 1) Dacora building and weigh bridge to be retained, 2) No proper assessment on potential damage to archaeological remains.

Elizabeth Shaw Chocolate Factory site

Friday 20th February - in the afternoon 4pm to 7pm and Saturday 21st February - in the morning 10am to 1pm The next phase of the developers public consultation is in February. They'll be unveiling the revised version of their redevelopment plan so make sure you go along if you can: Friday 20th February - in the afternoon 4pm to 7pm and Saturday 21st February - in the morning 10am to 1pm 26 January: 14/06330/N | Application for Prior Notification for demolition - removal of majority of buildings on the site. | Former Elizabeth Shaw Chocolate Factory Greenbank Road Easton Bristol BS5 6EL Granted

This is a Prior Notification application, submitted under the Town and Country Planning General Development Order 1995, Schedule 2, Part 31. This application is merely a notification to the LPA that demolition is proposed to take place. This type of application enables the LPA an opportunity (within 28 days) to ask for further details, should they be necessary, refuse permission due to lack of detail, or approve, subject to conditions (if appropriate).

The demolition statement indicates that following demolition of the buildings, the site will be left level and clear of all waste material, in preparation for the progression of a redevelopment scheme. The restoration of the site can be safeguarded and secured in the event of planning permission not being forthcoming, or if a contract for the redevelopment of the site is not signed.

Because the demolition is classified as permitted development under Part 31 Class A of the General Permitted Development Order 1995, the objections received to the principle of demolition are not valid and can't be stated as a reason for refusal of this Prior Notification application. It is truly regrettable that the developer has chosen to submit this Prior Notification application following community consultations events and prior to a full planning application for re-development that could have included demolition. However, these factors can also not be reasons to reject this Prior Notification application. The buildings cultural, historic and aesthetic qualities do not play a part in the determination of this application. Indeed, it should be noted that in 2006, the buildings were formally considered by English Heritage for listing, but were not considered to be of adequate quality;

Pre-commencement conditions

  1. highway information shall be submitted to and approved, in writing, by the Local Planning Authority:
  2. Prior to the demolition of the buildings hereby approved, all of the buildings on site should be fully recorded by photographs and this information shall be submitted to and be approved, in writing by the Local Planning Authority. The recording shall be carried out by an archaeologist or archaeological organisation approved by the Local Planning Authority.
    Reason: In the interests of recording the buildings prior to demolition in recognition of their cultural and historic significance.
  3. The demolition shall only take place in accordance with the recommendations set out within the submitted Ecology and Bat Survey report (November 2014).
19 January 2015: a rather urgent plea about the imminent demolition of the Edwardian chocolate factory at Greenbank. It occurs to me that BIAS might have access to a drone or whatever they are called to make a last gasp aerial survey of this extensive site. Teachers at the nearby Whitehall Primary School are very fond of this imposing factory which is built on the old factory playing fields. Every year they tell the Year 2 children about the factory and hand out the chocolates! An associated building on the far side of the school is the old sports pavilion which, though once very handsome, now looks semi derelict. Hopefully this has a brighter, possibly residential, future. It amazes me that you can still read the Packers advert on the roof of the factory as you pass Stapleton Road station by train. Alas another bit of old Bristol about to bite the dust.

We have just discovered that Generator South West LLP (the owners/developers of the factory site) put in an application between Xmas and New Year to demolish most of the former chocolate factory. We know that not all local residents want to keep all or any of the old buildings, however this move pre-empts the planning process in a way that gives Bristol City Council planning department no grounds to refuse this application. This means it will almost certainly happen.

What YOU can do: please go to our website Website: and read the updates we've posted. you can see the plans, and if you wish to, you can comment, whether it's to formally object, support or even make a neutral comment about this application, at Enter 14/06330/N in the search box. If you want to comment, click "Make a Public Comment and do let us know if you make a public comment whether via planning online, or anywhere else, about the demolition application; It will help us to make a better response to Generator and the planning department if we know what people are feeling. This must be before 29 January 2015. You can send us a copy of any emails or letters to and if you use Twitter then add us to any tweets on this subject (we're @chocbox2 ). You can also comment on our Facebook pages: or

also: can you let us know whether you can see official notices about the demolition in the area around the site and let us know by emailing us at can you also let us know if you think there's been activity on the site already (someone has reported noises to us) if you haven't already done so have a look at the draft plans the developer last put forward for public consultation (these are on their website and you can see from the demolition plan that they must be making further changes to this design) keep checking your emails for more updates! We've been told by Meeting Place Communications that Generator will be holding another public consultation event soon to show their revised plans. We'll let you know as soon as we hear anything.

Thanks for taking the time to read this :)

Choc Box 2.0 Community Association

May 2013: Generator South West LLP recently announced that it has purchased the former Elizabeth Shaw Chocolate Factory site in Greenbank, Bristol from the administrators of Square Peg Homes Ltd.

As you may well know, a number of previous planning proposals for the site have failed and, although no firm proposals have been drawn up at this stage, previous high density planning proposals for the site are not viable. Generator South West is committed to working with local stakeholders to embrace and understand local community aspirations, whilst delivering a viable solution.

Earlier this year, we launched a project website to help gather ideas from the local community for how they would like to see the site redeveloped. This website was publicised in the local press, via our dedicated Twitter feed and through the ‘Up Our Street’ newsletter published by the Easton and Lawrence Hill Neighbourhood Partnership. This can be found at:

We have been overwhelmed with the response from the local community and their ideas will now form the basis of discussion at two workshop events planned by Generator South West LLP, to which we wish to invite representatives from your organisation to participate in.

We are still very much at an early stage in the design process and therefore no design proposals have been formulated at this stage; however, this will provide an opportunity for the local community to help shape the proposals at this very early stage in the process. The planned workshop exercises will focus on three key elements: architectural design, land uses and site layout, with the outcome of these exercises feeding into the next stage of the design and planning process.

Belgrave Hill Quarry

Belgrave Hill quarry
February 2020 20/00691/F | Proposed development of a single dwelling (Use Class C3) with associated external works (Self Build). | 6-8 Belgrave Hill Bristol BS8 2UA
One house this time. Comments in by 25 March 2020
July 2019 19/03178/F | Proposed development of 2 No. Use Class C3 dwellings with associated external alterations. | 6-8 Belgrave Hill (also Known As Land On North Side Of Belgrave Hill) Bristol BS8 2UA. Very similar to last application. Key differences Refused by Committee on 16 October 2019, due to not meeting current housing space standards. It was not acceptable to change a bedroom to a study to make it meet space standards!
July 2018 18/02902/F | The Proposed development of 2 no. Use Class C3 dwellings with associated external alterations. | Land On North Side Of Belgrave Hill Bristol Comments by 11 July. Deferred until 9 January 2019 to check width of road and insurance. More voted against! Refused due to not meeting current housing space standards, and losing parking spaces.
December 2017 All of the planning conditions have been decided upon by Planning. Many were not discharged (e.g insurance) and consequently the original Planning Application has now run out. The details are visible on the planning portal.
Mr King the land owner is now taking time to consider his options. Highways Dept have insisted the fencing remains for safety reasons.
This is “back to square one” for this site but the inexorable rise in land prices and the desireability of the area mean that someone, or Mr King, will one day file a new application. We need to be prepared.

May 2016: sold before auction at suggested price £145,000
Failing to sell the site at auction in Bristol in 2015, was unloaded for £70,000 through a London auctioneer early in 2016.

3rd June 2014: Application No.  14/02366/F Proposal:  Proposed development of 2 no. Use Class C3 dwellings with associated external works. Site Address:  Land On North Side Of Belgrave Hill Bristol application considered by the Development Control Committee B at its meeting on Wednesday 12 November 2014. Granted Words fail me.
Since the previously refused application, the number of dwellings proposed for the site has been reduced from three to two and the applicant has carried out significant further investigation into the land stability matters. The Council’s consultant structural engineer/ geologist has advised that the land stability issues can be satisfactorily addressed through appropriate planning conditions, including a condition requiring details to be submitted of an insurance policy in which the City Council would be a named party, allowing a claim to be made in the event that the Council needed to make the site safe at any stage. This is consistent with the approach taken on similar developments elsewhere in the city where land stability has been a key issue.

Application no. 11/04256/F
Site address: Land On North Side Of Belgrave Hill Bristol
Proposal: Redevelopment of existing vacant site for 3no. two bedroom dwelling houses with associated external amenity space, refuse and cycle storage.
Refused. This application was considered by the Development Control (Central) Committee at its meeting on Wednesday 31 October 2012. A unanimous decision.

April 2012: Withdrawn!
Angry Clifton residents campaigned to stop houses being built next door to a disused quarry face. Featured in the Evening Post.

Cardiff Coal Exchange

2017: Turned into a hotel and restored
21 Feb 2014: The Coal Exchange is grade 2* listed, and one of the finest buildings in Wales. Cardiff is on the brink of losing this significant piece of its architectural and industrial heritage because of a blantant disregard for its value by Cardiff Council. The building is deemed unsafe and about to collapse....but there is little evidence of this. The building can be saved from demolition with your support.

See also and attachments for details. We could be losing one of Wales's most iconic buildings (that unfortunately is one of the least known) to the wrecking ball, in a matter of weeks. It is so iconic, because its original function is at the heart of what made modern Wales, so any help will be hugely appreciated.

cardiff coal exchange

Sign this petition to be delivered to: John Griffiths AM - Minister for Culture and Sport.

Former Guildhall Chambers Broad Street Bristol BS1 1DR


13/05880/LA Proposal: Internal works to include disassembly, transfer, conservation, storage and reassembly of three fireplaces; removal of Royal arms from courtroom 16; removal of fixed furniture from courtroom 16; removal of 1940s/1960s partitions from chambers' first floor. Grade II* Respond by 28th January 2014

Keynsham Greenways Project

PK13/3020/R3F | Reconstruction of existing path and creation of new zig zag ramp to link the towpath to the Ring Road Cycle Track. | Ferry Road Hanham Bristol South Gloucestershire BS15 3NT

The proposed works are in an area where there are approximately 6 entries in the South Glos HER referring to archaeological sites, including an 18th century water works and artefact scatters from bronze age to post medieval. The works are to be constructed on the remains of quarrying activity. There is no archaeological assessment report. Therefore the potential impact of the proposed works on the historic environment can not be assessed. We object to the application due to failure to consider potential loss of archaeological evidence caused by the works. We recommend a full archaeological assessment be submitted prior to consideration of the application, and if planning permission is granted and there is potential for archaeological finds, then appropriate conditions be placed to ensure and finds are recorded or preserved. Withdrawn The planners report prior to site visit by councillors cited one concern was lack of archaeology assessment Application details


PK13/4444/O | Erection of Residential Institution (Class C2) (Outline) with means of access to be determined. All other matters reserved | Land At Harolds Way Hanham Bristol South Gloucestershire BS15 8DU

Cool's level, which was constructed in the late 17th or early 18th century to drain the Kingswood coal field, is known from a contemporary map to discharge into the Strad brook near the north west boundary of the site. It is possible there would have been buildings associated with this level for construction and maintenance. The mouth of the level would have been a little above the brook level. It then sloped upwards with a shallow gradient in an ESE direction. The access road and northern buildings may lay above this level and could potentially destroy important information about early mining activities. A full archeological survey should be requested before any work takes place. Respond by 26th December 2013

Underfall Yard Cumberland Road Bristol BS1 6XG

underfall yard
13/04398/F, 13/04399/LA The refurbishment and repair the following buildings within Underfall Yard: Blocks A, B, C, D, E, H and J, including internal and external alterations to some blocks; Change of use of Block H1 from to B2 to D1; Erection of a freestanding timber-clad toilet block; Associated alterations to existing car park; and other public realm/external hard landscaping. Granted. Following concerns the plans have been altered, most notably to remove the proposed toilet building which were very poorly sited, and would obscure and detract from one of the most important buildings and features (chimney) in in the Underfall Yard. Provision of toilets within existing Block J instead.

City Of Bristol Rowing Club Albion Dockside Estate Hanover Place Bristol BS1 6XT

12/03096/LC | Demolition of existing boathouse.
Albion boathouse

Objection: The existing boat shed is historic and should be retained. A member of the Bristol Industrial Archaeological Society states that the boathouse was the former Hotwells Landing stage waiting room (a photograph can be seen in "The Floating Harbour" by Andy King on page 35. The boat house has distinctive cast iron supporting pillars and decorative wooden roof boards and since someone took the trouble to move this building as it was worth conserving, the current application should do the same

9 September 2013: Granted with condition: Overall, although the boat shed has a traditional character its only historic features are the cast iron pillars that are visible from the public footpath with the other construction materials being relatively contemporary. The structure is therefore not concluded to be of special merit although it would be positive if the historic pillars were retained within the harbourside. The applicant has confirmed that it would be possible to retain the cast iron pillars for future re-use. Demolition of the structure is concluded to be acceptable and would not harm the character and appearance of this part of the City Docks Conservation Area.

Belgium Pit Site - Re-development Activity

Belgium Pit is situated at 16 Duncombe Rd, Speedwell. This is the corner site diagonally opposite Bristol Brunel Academy, formerly known as Speedwell School. The pit was a ventilation shaft for the nearby Speedwell and Deep Pit collieries. It is not shown on the 1840 tithe map (see Bristol Know Your Place webs site), is shown on the 1880 OS plan and is shown as disused on the 1900 OS plan. Both OS plans show some buildings and a shaft. It is believed that the site was cleared and built on in the 1930s when the rank of shops in Duncombe Road was built.

Belgium Pit

An update at 05/09/13.

I was contacted recently by the site manager who was responsible for the demolition done on behalf of Sun Developments Ltd. He was most helpful and provided information and photos for which permission is given to reproduce here. After the demolition of the structure above ground we dug out the foundations to prepare for the new build. During this exercise we excavated to approx. 1m below existing Ground level, approx. 1.3 below path level. The top 1m. was rubble fill on stiff clay. No foundations were found that did not relate to the buildings we had demolished. We did uncover the Mine shaft on the North side of the site. We took several photographs of the area. The shaft was approx. 3m in dia. and filled to approx. 3m. from the top. The shaft was capped with concrete with old railway tracks imbedded within it, this was removed and disposed of. The perimeter of the shaft was 225mm. brickwork and the shaft was circular. It was suggested the 3m. gap between the underside of the cap and top of fill was settlement. The fill was firm as we tried to push it with the bucket of the 13t excavator. We excavated the top of the fill and it comprised of broken brick and debris. We expect whatever buildings were on the site when the shops were built were demolished and used to fill the shaft as the debris in the shaft matched the bricks on the shaft wall. On advice from the Coal Authority, the shaft was filled with 75mm. clean stone. The position of the shaft was recorded. It is good to have the co-operation of the Sun Developments in sharing this information with us. The 1929 date stone from the demolished building is in store with the intention of re-useing it. Planning application 13/03636/F has now been submitted for redevelopment of the site. Comments by 2nd October 2013. No archaeological survey has been performed

Application Rejected.

The report by the officers cites the objections from SGMRG and BIAS, and the city archaeologist recommended standard conditions for archaeological investigation prior to work starting if permission was granted.

The main reasons for rejection was the size and mass of the development was unsuitable for the area, and no proper risk analysis had been provided for a site with known coal mining activity.

July 2013

Recently Ken Kemp noticed that 16 Duncombe Road had been demolished, the site levelled and fenced off. He spoke to the JCB driver on site and found out that the shaft had been found and the Coal Authority had done some remedial work. Remains of footings of buildings may have been found, but all was covered now with a blanket of stone and gravel.

On checking planning applications, he found a permission was granted in 2009 for flats on the site, with a condition that an archaeological survey and recording was done prior to commencing work. This planning permission lapsed in 2012.

He contacted Bob Jones, city archaeology officer, who confirmed there was no existing permission for redevelopment of the site, but a demolition order was issued in March 2013. He agrees the site is important and will recommend the same condition on archaeology if a new planning application is made. Little is known about Belgium Pit, so it is important that any remains are at least recorded, if not actually conserved.

Since at the present, there is no evidence of redevelopment work, and demolition was done legally, there appears no action can be taken by the city officers. There appears to be a weakness here in the preservation or recording of archaeological remains. There would be nothing to prevent the demolition contractor destroying the archaeology, either deliberately or unintentionally, as part of the site clearance while demolishing the existing 1930s building.

I will try to keep the site under observation to see if development starts, in which case the planning department can act. If any one else notices any thing significant on the site, please contact me.
Ken Kemp

Temple Meads station

13/02251/LD | Proposal to demolish 19th century structure of the former Great Western Railway Staff Association (GWRSA) club and removal of paint the exposed station walls. | Great Western Railway Staff Association Club Approach Road Bristol BS1 6QQ
Deadline date: 26 June 2013

Woodlands Farm, Frampton Cotterell, Bristol

BIAS made an objection along with SGMRG, 386 residents, Steve Webb MP, Frampton and Westerleigh Parish Council. The applicant’s heritage study claims there is no significant mining heritage on the site, The council archaeology dept should recognise the importance of the site and recommend conditions be placed on development such as requiring a full archaeology study.

The Hydrock desk top study confirms that nearby coal mining activities could indicate a presence of older coal workings around the vicinity of the eastern boundary of this site which may pose a geotechnical constraint on the site.

To comment, use the South Gloucestershire Council website (search for PT13/0028/O, click on "Comments" then complete the form), or by letter, making sure your address is provided, to: South Gloucestershire Council, Development Services, PO Box 2081, South Glos. BS35 9BP

quoting application No. PT13/0028/O well before the date all letters and emails must be received.

Carriage Works

Westmoreland House, 104-106 Stokes Croft and 4 Ashley Road, Bristol, BS6 5NP June 2017 The Carriageworks has yet another new developer! Looks very promising. Following much recent speculation the Carriageworks Action Group can now confirm that the new developer is the Bristol based PG Group. They have exchanged contracts with Opecprime (aka Comer Homes) to purchase the freehold of the Carriageworks and Westmoreland House site and aim to start building in January. More details The PG Group have given us this statement to publish:
"The PG Group has acquired the site from Opecprime Properties Ltd with the benefit of the planning consent granted in July last year, and will now start work on a wide range of preliminary assessments," said Stuart Gaiger, PG Group Development Director. Mr Gaiger said purchase of Westmoreland House would allow the creation of a development that could contribute positively to an already vibrant community and that the company had already made contact with the Carriageworks Action Group with a view to keeping the community involved in the development of the projected scheme. "We want to deliver an enterprising development that respects and reflects the community ethos and, given the independent spirit that flourishes around the area, we look forward to some lively and interesting discussions."

Lori Streich, Chair of Carriageworks Action Group, said: "We welcome this news that PG Group are buying the Carriageworks and Westmoreland House site. For over 25 years the communities adjoining Stokes Croft have lived with the neglect and dereliction. As a local developer we hope that PG Group will have the skill and commitment to deliver a development of which the community can be proud". Current Timescale

Monday 10 June 2013 6:30pm, a chance to meet the potential developers. Salvation Army, Ashley Road.
Residents and organisations in St Pauls, Kingsdown, Montpelier and Cotham are now working with the City Council to write a Community Vision for the future of the whole site including and the adjoining Westmoreland House on Stokes Croft. The Carriageworks is a Grade II* listed building on the buildings “at risk” register.– the big derelict buildings near the Ashley Road junction. Details of the Carriage Works Action Group can be found on

Application Nos 07/05763/F and 07/05764/LA
Stokes Croft
April 09: refused due to lack of quality, design of new roof and buildings, height increase to Westmorland House

Feb 09: The Panel considered the reduction in the total number of flats from 186 to 152 did not affect the previous comments as follows:-
This was considered to be an important site on a main route into Bristol within a Conservation Area, containing two listed buildings, one Grade II* and overlooked by three other Conservation Areas. It presented an opportunity for a high quality, sustainable development to act as a stimulus to the long-awaited regeneration of Stokes Croft. What was proposed was an over-intensive use of the site. : four and five storey blocks containing 186 housing units of, mainly 1 and 2 bedroom flats with inadequate amenity space, running counter to the City Council's adopted and emerging policies. Cramped units, would be detrimental to the listed buildings and to the regeneration of the Stokes Croft. Godwin’s Carriageworks, required sensitive restoration and appropriate use within its internal space.
There was no argument to reinstate the height and bulk of the existing tower. A tower conflicted with the general scale of the area and dominated this important site, which was overlooked by 3 Conservation Areas, and on an important route into Bristol. The proposed 3-storey car park would be excavated 2 storeys into the ground and would disturb the Civil War works. No ‘as existing’ drawings of the Carriageworks were provided. Details of the existing external walls and the rear wall were not given. The front of Westmoreland House must not compete with Tucketts Buildings or the Carriageworks and must be a background building. The proposed building contained too many floors. No. 4 Ashley Road had been deliberately neglected. The Panel would regret its loss, which must be fully justified. The Ashley Road frontage was the wrong scale, too high and also took the large scale of building from the principal road into the secondary road.

The Panel strongly objected.

Hines Brewery, Rock Hall Lane, Coombe Down

Withdrawn: 11/02811/CA
hines brewery
Gammon Plant Hire Rock Hall Lane Combe Down Bath Bath And North East Somerset BA2 5JF
Demolition of all existing properties with the exception of a portion of historic stone wall to Rock Hall Lane. Part of Ralph Allen Stone Quarry and Stone Yard holding The Coombe Down Brewery from the mid 19th century to 1923 and more recently Corporation Depot, Garage and Builder’s Yard

English Heritage objected since it did not take sufficient account of the historic significance of the site

Red Cow, 113 West Street Bedminster Bristol BS3 3PD

Please object to the application to demolish this important site.

Red Cow
Red Cow about 1914

Red Cow
Red Cow in February 2009(very little changed from 100 years ago besides signage

Red Cow
Red Cow in May, note the stripping of georgian podiment and bay window done before English Heritage came along to consider listing it

Demolition granted at the development committee meeting on 3rd June. 3 votes for, 3 votes against. Sean Benyon (Labour chairman) had the casting vote so he voted for demolition.
English Heritage declined to list it because it was not of national importance- even though of local importance!
Submissions must be sent to or to the Democratic services team (room 220), Bristol City Council, Council House, College Green BS1 5TR by 12 noon on 4th June Just because you may have written to the planners already does not mean that the Committee will have seen your letter so please write in again having looked at the planners report which is now on line. The planners are recomending consent.
An effort should be made to preserve the history of this area since very little evidence of the mining history remains. A book is currently being written on the Bedminster coal industry. I am very disappointed that the history of this building and this area is dismissed. The Red Cow is a central part of the 1841 Malago colliery. The Red Cow appears to have been constructed in 1792 so is a very early building in this area. It is not an unattractive looking building.
Survival of buildings from this period is a vital element in the local history, and could be used to promote tourism to this area. Far better than just another bland new building.

Clifton Observatory, Clifton Down

clifton observatory

Oct 08: Granted
21 dec 07: 07/05728/LA, 05730/F – Construction/reinstatement of the first floor observatory to form viewing terrace and external works.
CAP considered its previous minute to apply as none of the issues raised had been answered. In addition the details submitted were completely inappropriate, such as sand/cement rendering and the building of an external bin store. The Panel was not able to make a decision on the principle of making a new dome owing to lack of information and satisfactory details. These proposals were completely inappropriate for a Grade II* listed building. An appropriately qualified professional should be employed. The Panel strongly objected.

1-3 Alma Vale Road Bristol BS8 2HL (Edwards Garage)

Edwards Garage
29 Sept 08: Application No. 08/03912/F
Proposal: Refurbishment of existing villa to create 4no additional flats (total 11 flats). Refurbishment of existing listed garage to create commercial space. Reconstruction of existing workshop to create 3no new courtyard houses.
This was granted! Definitely a success- no demolishing villa or garage.
1 Nov 07: 07/04439/F Part demolition of existing buildings and erection of a single building providing 64 no. student studios and 3no. student cluster flats with retention of listed facade.
Please object against this application by 21 November. Comments you may wish to consider
Comments about planning applications to: Planning, Transport and Sustainable Development, Brunel House, St Georges Road, Bristol BS1 5UY. Telephone: 0117 9223976. E-mail Comments to

Junction Lock Cumberland Basin Merchants Road Hotwells Bristol

Photos of the work
Application No. 08/03741/LA Date Registered 11 September 2008
Type of Application Listed Building Consent (Alter/Extend)
Proposal Replacement of junction lock, upper gates, supports and opening mechanisms with new steel mitre gates, formation of ground ducts with exposed covers for hydraulic pipework and cables, removal of existing bollards and adaption of existing hardpaving and quoin edging stones to lock-side wall and curtilage.
E-mail Comments to

Pithead baths, Forest of Dean

Anyone who wants to help should write to the Head of Planning Services, Forest of Dean District Council Council Offices, Coleford, GL16 8HG by 25th July 2008. The planning aplication number is P0718/08/FUL
The Forest of Dean Local History Society has campaigned since 2002 to retain the iconic Baths building at Princess Royal, which is a lasting tribute to Forest of Dean Miners. We have supported various proposals for the re-use of the building and have met with representatives of SWRDA, English Partnerships and FODDC to further these ideas.
SWRDA have tried unsuccessfully to sell the building over the last few years and Averil recently received a letter from them informing me of the impending demolition of the building. FODLHS were sadly resigned to the fact that this would happen and were ready to work with SWRDA on the preparation of an interpretation board.
Averil then spoke to Russell Baker of Universal Railway Equipment Ltd; who works in conjunction with Network Rail and BT and occupies the site of the Princess Royal offices across the road from the baths building. He informs her that he has approached SWRDA on numerous occasions with a view to purchasing the baths building to use as a training centre for the many railway workers requiring instruction on how to use the equipment used for track laying and maintenance. He would also look to expand into training for BT engineers with regard to working with scaffolding and working at height. He feels that the baths building would make an ideal all weather training centre for training in these areas and much more. Mr Baker has all the heavy equipment required to restore the building and has knowledge of concrete cancer, which he has encountered, on the railways. He is currently three quarters of the way to restoring the Princess Royal Office block making that building into useful office space whilst retaining many of the original features such as tiling, roof structures and windows. He certainly has the expertise and knowledge to restore the baths building and as he would only use the upper floor, he intends to keep the lower levels for the bat population and with assistance from local bat authorities turn this lower level into a viewing centre for the public to view the bats via one way glass using live feed cameras. He would also like to create a small centre detailing the history of Princess Royal itself as he has many artefacts collected from the baths site, the office building and the mine itself that would make a wonderful display and a lasting tribute to the people that worked at Princess Royal. All of which would help preserve the memory of Princess Royal for future generations.
FODLHS are, therefore, requesting that Mr. Foley, Head of Regeneration at SWRDA, together with the head of Planning Services at FODDC, Bill Cronin, Conservation Officer of the FODDC, the Forestry Commission, Nick Downs, Senior Ecologist of Creswell Associates (Expert on bats), Dawn Walker of SWRDA and Ms S. Osborne the agent meet with myself and Mr Russell Baker at a time suitable to everyone to discuss the possibility of Mr. Baker purchasing the site.
Averil feels that this option would not only save would not only save SWRDA the cost of demolition but would provide a useful community and National centre for training Railway employees. She should like to ask for a brief stay of execution for the building whilst this latest proposal is at least considered. She should like to ask for your help please
Averil Kear, Conservation Officer, Forest of Dean Local History Society

Clifton Suspension Bridge, Suspension Bridge Road

Bridge Road, Leigh Woods, Long Ashton BS8 3PA and Clifton, Bristol

Suspension Bridge applications often include wonderful design and access statements (which they have to do being a grade I listed building) so do look at them on the Bristol Councils on line planning page. Note that the west side is in North Somerset so you may miss them unless you look at the North Somerset planning page.

Brunel's Atmospheric Pumping House Totnes

16 Feb
16 Feb
25 feb
25 Feb

10 March 08: we won. English Heritage has now granted the building listed status, which means it can not be knoocked down
Details of the story from 16 Feb 08

Palace Hotel, 1-2 West Street, St Phillips

Dec 07: 07/02886/LA, 07/04372/LA- Grade II listed and in part 2 of CAMRA'S National Inventory of Pub Interiors. More details about change of use to an Estate agents office and six flats upstairs.
You can search for full details of planning applications, decisions, site histories and appeals via Bristol City Council public Access website, and on the national planning website.

Stothert and Pitt site, Bath

2 Feb 2007 : magnificent news that the Newark Works on Lower Bristol Road, Bath has just been awarded Grade II listing by English Heritage (The Bath Chronicle, January 25).
January 2007: James Dyson seems to have had a change of heart about demolishing the Stothert and Pitt site on the Bath Road.

De Montalt Mill 1850

Owen Ward
Summer Lane, Combe Down, Bath BA2 7EU
de montault
1850 © Bath in Time - Bath Central Library Collection
de montault
Converted into flats 2009
This former paper mill site, listed Grade II was put on the market at an asking price of £1.5M, with full planning consent for conversion into six residential units. Any sale was jeopardised, however, by the fact that planning consent was due to expire on February 26th. An application to extend consent was subject to an objection by Bath Preservation Trust on the grounds that no attempt had been made to weatherproof the buildings over the last two years. It has been reported that an 18 month extension has now been granted.
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