Downs Committee
Monday, 8th April, 2019 2.00 pm

Venue: The Writing Room - City Hall, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TR. View directions

Contact: Sam Wilcock 

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Welcome, Introductions and Safety Information


Apologies and introductions


Minutes of last meeting - Monday 28th January 2019 pdf icon PDF 207 KB

The Committee is requested to approve the minutes of the last meeting held on Monday 28th January 2019.


Declarations of interest

To note and Declarations of Interest raised by Councillors.


Public Forum pdf icon PDF 34 KB

To consider items of Public Forum sent to the Downs Committee. Interested parties can submit a written statement of approximately one side A4 to the Downs Committee by sending it to Democratic Services by no later than 12pm on Friday 25th January 2019.


Please find attached a Public Forum statement received from the Friends of the Downs and Avon Gorge.


Matters Arising From the Events and Finance Group - Wednesday 27th February 2019 pdf icon PDF 51 KB

Please find attached details of the matters arising from the Events and Finance Sub-Group meeting held on Wednesday 27th February 2019.


Events Report (Ann-Marie Leighton) pdf icon PDF 63 KB

Additional documents:


Downs Maintenance Report (Ben Skuse) pdf icon PDF 2 MB

This report also includes a report from Mandy Leivers (Avon Gorge and Downs Wildlife Project).


Sea Walls - Planning Sea Walls Café – Revised Application Including Re-Design of Rooftop Terrace

Jonathon Baker will provide an update on the above planning application which was considered at Bristol City Council’s Development Control B Committee on Wednesday 13th March 2019.


Planning Application - Proposed Pedestrian-Cycle Bridge over Bridge Valley Road near the Junction Bridge Valley Road - Ladies Mile - Clifton Down, Bristol pdf icon PDF 9 MB

Following the approval of the above planning application after an appeal, the Downs Committee have previously been advised by e-mail of a Section 38 application to the Secretary of State.


The following is attached:


(1) A copy of the Section 38 application and details of the Inspector’s decision at the appeal

(2) Report and Minute Extract from 13th July 2016 meeting of the Development Control B Committee

(3) Report and Minute Extract from 21st December 2016 meeting of the Development Control B Committee



The application was initially approved contrary to officers’ recommendations at Development Control B Committee on 13th July 2016.


It went back to a later committee on Wednesday 21st December 2016 when one of

the conditions regarding landscaping mitigation could not be complied with. It was refused in line with the officers’ recommendation.


The applicant appealed against this decision and it was overturned and allowed by the Inspector on appeal.


At the request of the Lord Mayor and Master, the Development Control Section of Bristol City Council have been requested to provide advice concerning any potential consultation process for this scheme. No response has so far been received but if it is, this will be reported verbally to the Committee.



The Committee’s views on this issue are requested.


Any Other Business


Date of Next Meeting

The next meeting is scheduled to be held at 11.00am on Monday 1st July 2019 in the Merchants Hall, The Promenade, Clifton, Bristol.