More than 100 objections to 'hideous' and 'alien' plan for flats at busy Fishponds junction

October 29 2020
More than 100 objections to 'hideous' and 'alien' plan for flats at busy Fishponds junction

MORE than 100 people have objected to plans for a seven-storey block of flats in Fishponds.

The scheme to build 46 flats at the site of the Newton Motors garage, on the corner of Fishponds Road and Lodge Causeway (below), was first unveiled in July.

A planning application was submitted at the start of September and, by October 22, 117 individual letters of objection had been lodged on the city council's planning website.

Issues raised by people opposing the plans include pressure on existing parking – the scheme includes 16 spaces for residents' cars – as well as increased traffic, overshadowing existing homes, a "detrimental microclimate" caused by increased wind from an extra high-rise building, and the design being out of character with existing housing.

As well as objections from nearby residents the scheme is also being opposed by David Redgewell of the South West Transport Network, who said that the planned vehicle access would be across the Fishponds Road bus lane.

Bristol Civic Society member Stephen Wickham described the planned building as "clearly hideous" and "completely alien" to the late 19th and early 20th century buildings nearby.

Just one letter in support of the plans had been received, from Crews Hole resident Adam Lancaster, who said: "This is exactly the sort of development the area is crying out for. A good proportion of affordable homes, and an emphasis on cycling as the dominant form of transport."

Bristol Waste has also commented on the plans' statement that refuse collection would be carried out by a private contractor, saying: "Given the cost of disposal and the fact that residents will be paying council tax entitling them to a council collection, this is a surprising strategy."

Eastville ward councillor Mhairi Threlfall has called for the application to be referred to an area planning committee for a decision, saying the development did not meet affordable housing targets, would overshadow neighbouring gardens, could add to local parking problems and cause road safety issues for traffic coming and going from the site.

The planning application has been made by Newton Motors, which currently occupies the site and has been trading in the city for more than 70 years.

The plans can be found by searching for application 20/04059/P on the city council's planning website. They are now awaiting a decision from the council.