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St Mary-Le-Port redevelopment - A NEW QUARTER for Old City, Bristol
WEBSITE UPDATED MARCH 2015 www.stmaryleport.wordpress.com
This site adjoining Castle Park has been identified for redevelopment for some 12 years. Outline schemes, basically for large office blocks, were published in 2006. They involved building upon varying amounts of public parkland and loss of street trees. There were substantial public objections. The property market was then hit by the financial crisis. Meanwhile, planning policy has continued to evolve. Building on park land and loss of street trees remain part of policy for this site.
The lengthy planning process has not provided any evidence of the visual and environmental impact of policy BCS37/KS04 on this very important part of Bristol. This will presumably only be revealed when developer’s proposals are published.
This personal Study explores the planning policy and suggests where and why it is mistaken. The Study then offers an outline scheme which does not use park land or involve removing street trees and recreates the historic church setting. It is also an approach that would chime rather than conflict with Bristol’s position as European Green Capital 2015.
Comments, suggestions, are invited. Roger Mortimer rogermortimer@jwmmail,net
The study is on this website - www.stmaryleport.wordpress.com
It is in 2 parts.
Part 1. Critique of Planning Brief
Part 2. An Outline scheme.
These can also be downloaded from the website as PDF files.
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