Regeneration News: Bristol weighs renewal plans

Two separate proposals for major regeneration schemes in Bristol were submitted to city planners this week.

Ballymore Properties submitted a planning application for a mixed-use scheme for the Temple Gate site on the southern approach to Temple Meads railway station. The £60 million scheme, submitted following an extensive public consultation exercise, includes offices, flats and a public piazza.

John Turner, head of planning at Ballymore, said: "We are very pleased that there was broad support for the principle of regenerating this site as a mixed-use scheme with residential, commercial and retail elements."

Ballymore has resisted any fundamental change to the scheme design even though the consultation uncovered concerns that the proposal relates poorly to local historic buildings. Ballymore insists that Wilkinson Eyre's design "strikes the right balance between the old and the new".

It points out that the design has won support from leading architectural practitioners in Bristol and that many people agree that "well-designed modern buildings can actually enhance the setting of historic buildings".

Meanwhile, plans for Wapping Wharf have also been lodged with Bristol City Council. The housing-led scheme for the Gaol Gate site includes 500 to 700 homes, small shops, local services, restaurants, workspace and scope for a 200-bedroom hotel.

The outline application was submitted by Wapping Wharf (Umberslade) following the production of a masterplan for the 4.25ha site.


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