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Welcome, Introductions and Safety Information pdf icon PDF 406 KB

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Allparties were welcomed tothe meeting.



Apologies for Absence and Substitutions


Apologies received from Councillor Goggin with Councillor Jackson as substitute.



Declarations of Interest

To note any interests relevant to the consideration of items on the agenda.

Please note that any declarations of interest made at the meeting which are not on the register of interests should be notified to the Monitoring Officer for inclusion.




There were none.


Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 454 KB

To agree the minutes of the last meeting as a correct record.


Matters Arising.


Councillor Eddy informed the committee that the growth and regeneration scrutiny commission would consider planning enforcement on 29 september at 5pm. Members’ public forum statements would be welcomed. He would write to members to remind them of the invitation.


The committee then heard the public forum statement on planning enforcement in windmill hill submitted by councillor plowden. The matters in the statement had also been raised directly with the head of development management.


Councillor Eddy moved the minutes as a correct record and this was seconded and it was:-



Resolved –  That the minutes of 20 July be agreed as a correct record and signed by the Chair.



Action Sheet

None arising from 20 July 2022 DC A Committee


It was noted that there were no actions arising from the 20 July Committee.



Appeals pdf icon PDF 260 KB

To note appeals lodged, imminent public inquiries and appeals awaiting decision.


The Head of Development Management highlighted the following appeals:-



1.      Items 49 – 52 – Wyevale Garden Centre, Bath Road, Brislington – all these appeals had been quashed by the Planning Inspectorate due to procedural issues in the handling of the appeals. There was a period of time before compliance was required and the owners also had a right of appeal. It was unusual to quash an appeal but the Planning Inspector had chosen to do that as the appeal had not been fully heard. Importantly the Planning Authority was back where it needed to be.



Enforcement pdf icon PDF 72 KB

To note recent enforcement notices.


The Head of Development Management reported that he would be keeping a close eye on future notices.




Public Forum pdf icon PDF 3 MB

Up to 30 minutes is allowed for this item


Any member of the public or Councillor may participate in Public Forum.  The detailed arrangements for so doing are set out in the Public Information Sheet at the back of this agenda.  Public Forum items should be emailed to and please note that the following deadlines will apply in relation to this meeting:-


Questions - Written questions must be received 3 clear working days prior to the meeting.  For this meeting, this means that your question(s) must be received in this office at the latest by 5 pm on 18 August 2022.


Petitions and Statements - Petitions and statements must be received on the working day prior to the meeting.  For this meeting this means that your submission must be received in this office at the latest by 12.00 noon on 23 August 2022




In accordance with previous practice adopted for people wishing to speak at Development Control Committees, please note that you may only be allowed 1 minute subject to the number of requests received for the meeting.





Members ofthe Committeereceived PublicForum Statementsin advanceof themeeting.


The Statementswere heardbefore theapplication theyrelated toand weretaken fullyinto considerationby theCommittee priorto reachinga decision.


The Committee noted the Public Forum Statement submitted by Hayden Shackell which did not relate to applications on the agenda.



Planning and Development pdf icon PDF 93 KB

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TheCommittee consideredthe followingapplications below.



21/06878/F - Land At Corner Of York Road And St Lukes Road Bedminster Bristol pdf icon PDF 12 MB


An AmendmentSheet wasprovided to the Committeein advance of themeeting, detailing changes since   the publication of theoriginal report.



The Officer summarized the report as follows:-


1.       The application was for Mixed-use redevelopment including 221 residential (C3) units and 651 sq.m. of commercial floorspace (Class E) on ground floor, together with a new vehicular access off Mead Street, cycle and car parking provision, private amenity space, servicing arrangements, landscaping, public realm, and associated works;

2.       The site lies within the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone as well as the area covered by the Mead Street Development Brief, which was recently approved by Cabinet and sets out a vision for the regeneration of Mead Street to deliver a new neighbourhood with a mix of new homes and workspaces, green space and sustainable travel options;

1.       There was significant opposition locally with over 300 objections and a 4000 signature petition objecting to the addition of height in the Mead Street area;

2.       It was recognised that the application would make a significant contribution towards the city’s housing delivery targets and included affordable housing;

3.       The scheme complied with policy on the provision of affordable housing, agreed

connection to the District Heat Network, biodiversity and tree replacements;

4.       Officers had been working on this proposal with the applicant for over a year and during the

process had raised a number of concerns relating to the overall design of the scheme. Revisions

had been made to the application however it was not considered that a good quality scheme was proposed that would successfully deliver on the overall aspirations for the area. In addition, it was not considered that the quality of the scheme itself justified the high density, level of harm that would arise, and the weight required to be placed on emerging policy for it to be


5.       Attention was drawn to the Amendment Sheet which detailed late comments received from HSE on the design of the basement. Officers had not yet had time to discuss this with the applicant;

6.       Officers recommended the application for refusal.


The following points arose from questions and debate:-


1.      Councillor Eddy expressed concern that the application was recommended for refusal by officers when no such concerns were expressed at a member briefing last month and after key stakeholders, including ward members, had worked with the applicant to bring the scheme forward. The Committee was informed that the Mead Street Development Brief had been approved on 2 August and officers had continued to work with the developers to bring a scheme that could be recommended for approval. However, the issues had not been addressed in time for bringing the application to this Committee date;

2.      The comments from the HSE had been received yesterday and were therefore contained in the Amendment Sheet and as a result there had not been time to discuss the comments with the applicant. It was not possible to condition as it would affect the scheme overall. It was for  ...  view the full minutes text for item 10.


21/04338/F - Trinity Road Police Station Trinity Road Bristol pdf icon PDF 19 MB


An AmendmentSheet wasprovided to the Committeein advance of themeeting, detailing changes since   the publication of theoriginal report.


 The Officer summarized the report as follows:-


1.       The application was for the demolition of existing police station and redevelopment of mixed-use scheme comprising 104, two and three bed apartments, a police facility and a commercial unit (flexible use class), together with open space, landscaping, parking and associated and ancillary development;

2.       It was before Committee due to the significant objections including the Trinity Centre’s objection regarding noise;

3.       As the Agent of Change, the development had demonstrated an appropriate scheme of noise mitigation to ensure adequate levels of amenity for future occupiers of the proposal. The development had therefore offered sufficient evidence to suggest that, provided these measures were implemented and maintained thereafter, the proposal would not threaten the ongoing viability of the Trinity Centre through the imposition of undue operational constraints;

4.       Acknowledgement of the development’s shortcomings.

5.       On balance, the application was recommended for approval subject to conditions and a Planning Agreement.

6.       Acknowledgement that the recommendation included in the Committee Report was amended in accordance with the Amendment Sheet.



The following points arose from questions and debate:-


1.      To achieve some of the suggested amendments put forward by the Old Market Community Association, additional the accommodation would have to moved closer to the Trinity Centre. It was necessary to determine the scheme before Committee;

2.      The Pollution Control Officer reported that he had worked with the applicant to improve the scheme development on site. The low frequency noise from the Trinity Centre was taken into account in the noise assessment and through conditions. It was confirmed that sound readings had been taken on a Friday and Saturday night;

3.      The landscaping was one of the most comprehensive officers had seen for the City Centre and the Arboricultural Officer was confident that it would mitigate for the loss of existing trees;

4.      The mechanical ventilation would keep residents cool and comfortable when the windows were shut;

5.      Councillor Eddy was supportive of the scheme as it was on a brownfield, sustainable site in the City Centre with 100% affordable housing and was car free. The key issue had been the impact on the Trinity Centre’s operation because of noise but he had been reassured that the scheme would not affect the Trinity Centre and he would therefore vote for approval;

6.      Councillor Jackson echoed those comments and supported the scheme and would vote for approval;

7.      Members were asked if they wished the Deed of Easement to be included in the Recommendation and 3 out of 9 members supported this. It was not therefore put forward as part of the motion and Councillor Eddy moved the officer recommendation which was seconded and on being put to the vote it was:-


RESOLVED – (Unanimous) That the application be granted subject to a Planning Agreement and Conditions.




21/04946/F - Pavement Opposite TSB 36-38 Merchant Street Bristol pdf icon PDF 2 MB


The Officer summarized the report as follows:-


1.      The application was for the installation of 1 BT Street Hub incorporating 2 LCD advert screens and associated BT phone kiosk removal;

2.      It was before the Committee as it had been called in by a local ward Councillor on the grounds of visual impact, street clutter and accessibility impact;

3.      It was recommended for approval with conditions.


The following points arose from questions and debate:-


1.      Councillor Eddy stated that these applications were never popular with the public but digital advertising was policy compliant and had a member not referred the application to Committee it would have been delegated for officer decision. He reminded the Committee that if it was refused it could be lost at appeal so any objection needed to be sustainable;

2.      A Grampian permission or negative condition meant that work on site could not be commenced until something off site had taken place;

3.      There was no application for additional power supply;

4.      Transport Development Management had removed their objection regarding service access as this would be undertaken when the shops were closed;

5.      There was nothing in the BID late statement that had not already been covered in the report;

6.      Reference was made to DM27 – something that contributes positively to the local character. The Committee was informed that there was minimal difference to the phone box it would replace but its benefits were that it would provide high speed Wi-Fi to the area, access to maps and technical tools for public use. The LED screens were also more energy efficient than the telephone box;

7.      Officers had discharged the public sector equalities duties and the hub would be placed in a location to allow good site lines for those with visual impairment. Autism had not been considered as officers were not qualified to assess that impact. There were already a range of visual distractions within the public realm;

8.      If the hub was granted, the advertising consent would be for 5 years;

9.      Public surveillance was not a planning consideration and could not therefore be applied;

10.  Councillor Eddy stated there were no sustainable grounds to refuse so he would vote for approval;

11.  Councillor Varney suggested that the removal of the phone box was being used as a bargaining tool to approve the hub. He noted that the hub would not be in the same location as the phone box and that permission for them had been given elsewhere so he would vote for approval;

12.  Councillor Hathway observed that there seemed to be different interpretations on the policies of crime and fear of crime and easy access to the public realm and would vote against approval;

13.  Councillor Jackson would vote for approval;

14.  There were no further comments and Councillor Eddy moved the officer recommendation and it was seconded and on being put to the vote it was:-



RESOLVED – (6 for, 2 abstentions and 1 against) – That the application  ...  view the full minutes text for item 12.


Date of Next Meeting

6pm 5 October 2022


5 October 2022 at 6pm