New bid to knock down pool building
Published on: 08 May 2017
A FRESH attempt is being made to demolish the derelict Speedwell Baths building.
The developer Crossman Homes has put forward a proposal for a five-storey block of 31 flats on the site.
The building, on Whitefield Road, hasn't been used for more than a decade and has been the centre of controversy, with some suggesting that it should be reopened as a swimming pool for East Bristol.
Simon Ellis, of Crossman Homes, said retaining the building is not financially viable due to its poor state of repair.
"This was clearly demonstrated in the recent comprehensive discussions with Bristol City Council planners where we sought to work with them to achieve a viable scheme whilst satisfying conservation requirements in terms of retaining the front elevation.
"After we presented a number of different options together with associated costs, the Local Planning Authority accepted that it was not feasible to retain any part of the existing building, in spite of its Local Listing status."
This isn't the first application that has been made to demolish the building. Planning permission for developments on the site was sought in 2007, 2009 and 2016. All of these either expired or were withdrawn.