Major Local Planning Applications

(Page Last Updated 5 May 2018) 

12 Southover Close - Demolition of Existing Dwelling and Build 6 Flats (Application currently Open for comment)
This Planning Application (18/02274/F) for a block of 6 flats is the latest in a series of applications that have been submitted to develop this site and follows the recent Refusal of an Application (18/00317/F) to build a block of 7 flats.
In 2016 an application (16/05502/F) was refused for redeveloping the site to include two pairs of semi-detached houses. Also, an Appeal against that Refusal was subsequently Dismissed by the Planning Inspector.
Subsequently, a successful, application (17/04773/H) for side and rear extensions to the existing dwelling (plus a new 2-berth detached garage) was granted in October 2017 and a further application (17/06194/CP) for a Lawful Development Certificate for a new-build 4-berth single-storey detached garage followed shortly afterwards and was issued in December 2017.
Both of these successful applications remain extant.
This latest Application is perhaps, therefore, a final attempt by the developer to seek approval to grossly overdevelop this residential site with a development of 6 flats. On the face of it there are very few significant changes when compared to the previous Application for 7 flats that was Refused.
Amongst the many supporting documents submitted with the Application is a 120-page "Planning, Design and Access Statement" which details - chapter and verse - why BCC Planners should grant permission for this latest proposed development. Others may take a more pragmatic point of view and, as always, the devil is in the detail.
Closing date for the receipt of comments by BCC's Planners is not currently listed on BCC's Planning website but a "Determination Deadline" of 27 June 2018 is quoted.

Reapplication for the Expansion of Facilities at Red Maids' School (Application currently Open for comment)
This latest Application (18/01911/F) is for the erection of a modular classroom building to provide music and art space and follows a previous application (16/06846/F) that was Refused (April 2017) and the Appeal against Refusal was subsequently Dismissed by the Planning Inspector (February 2018).
Apart from a different location for this classroom "pod", very little has changed when compared with the previous, unsuccessful, Application.
The Society objected to the previous Application on the grounds that the attendant increase in traffic congestion arising from the enlarged pupil numbers had not been addressed by the school.
Closing date for the receipt of comments by BCC's Planners is not currently listed on BCC's Planning website but a "Determination Deadline" of 22 June 2018 is quoted.

Land Adjacent to 24 Canford Lane - Construction of a Pair of Semi-Detached Houses (Application currently Open for comment)
This Application (18/01087/F) seeks permission to build a pair of semi-detached houses on the small plot of land previously used by JC Decaux for an advertising hoarding. The plans maximise the use of this "pocket handkerchief" piece of land but unfortunately make no provision for any off-street parking. This will only exacerbate the chronic shortage of unrestricted on-street parking available in Westbury village.
The proposals also include the removal of a sycamore tree covered by TPO 1189. However, the developer has proposed that this is mitigated by compliance with BCC's "Bristol Tree Replacement Standard".
Closing date for the receipt of comments by BCC's Planners is 2 May 2018.

334 Canford Lane - Conversion of Existing Property into 2 Dwellings (Application Granted May 2018)
A previous Application (17/02932/F) to build an additional 4-bedroom detached house on this site was granted in August 2017. This latest Application (18/01154/F) seeks permission to split the existing detached house into a pair of semi-detached dwellings.
Closing date for the receipt of comments by BCC's Planners is 25 April 2018.
UPDATE! (5 May 2018) Full Planning Permission was Granted on 4 May 2018, subject to conditions.

1-3 Stoke Lane - Proposed Conversion of Adjacent Space and First Floor (above existing commercial unit) into 3 Residential Accommodation Units (Application Granted, April 2018)
Following withdrawal of a previous Application (17/04425/F) in November 2017 - for the conversion of the existing retail unit (Connells Estate Agents) into four individual dwellings - a new Application has been submitted (17/06744/F) for three self-contained flats on the same site.
Significantly, this latest "interesting" Application no longer includes any change of use for the retail unit but, regrettably, there is no longer provision for any off-street parking.
On the face of it, the proposals maximise the available space to provide two 2-bed dwellings and one 3-bed dwelling. However, some may consider that the accommodation is cramped and impractical.
It is perhaps worth noting that this current Application was preceded in July this year by a successful Application for "tree works" (17/03186/VC) in which the Planning Officer recorded:
"Precursor to development. The tree location plan provided with this application is drawn in a format that would suggest the site has been surveyed with a view to development, however the current occupiers of the land are an estate agent and plans such as the one presented would be easily produced. The notification can only be assessed on the information that is required to be provided and speculation on the possibility of future development does not form part of an assessment."
So, the chickens have come home to roost and there is, therefore, a strong case to pursue retrospective enforcement of the Council's "Tree Replacement Standard" - should this latest Application be granted.
UPDATE! (9 February 2018) Following submission of revised plans, the expiry date for comments has been extended to 13 April 2018.
UPDATE! (5 April 2018) Full Planning Permission was Granted on 5 April 2018, subject to conditions.

12 Southover Close - Demolition of Existing Dwelling and Build 7 Flats (Application Refused, March 2018)
This Planning Application (18/00317/F) is the latest in a series of applications that have recently been submitted to develop this site. In 2016 an application (16/05502/F) was refused for redeveloping the site to include two pairs of semi-detached houses. Also, an Appeal against refusal was subsequently Dismissed by the Planning Inspector.
There followed a subsequent, successful, application (17/04773/H) for side and rear extensions to the existing dwelling (plus a new 2-berth detached garage) that was granted in October 2017. A further application (17/06194/CP) for a Lawful Development Certificate for a new-build 4-berth single-storey detached garage followed shortly afterwards and was issued in December 2017.
Both of these successful applications remain extant.
This latest Application is perhaps, therefore, the final "push" to grossly overdevelop this residential site with a development of 7 flats. Amongst the many supporting documents submitted with the Application is an 87-page "Planning, Design and Access Statement" which details - chapter and verse - why BCC Planners should grant permission for this proposed development. Others may take a more pragmatic point of view!
UPDATE! (24 March 2018) Planning Permission was Refused on 23 March 2018. However, the Applicant has six months to lodge an Appeal against the decision. Full details for the refusal are given in the Planning Officer's Report, which is included in the "Documents" section of the Application.

125 Westbury Road - Conversion of "The Hermitage" to 4 Flats, plus Erection of 4 New Dwellings (Application Refused, March 2018)
The Hermitage is a locally-listed early 18th century building and located within the Downs Conservation Area. The current planning application (17/06637/F) proposes to convert the existing building into four flats, extending and converting the existing coach house into a dwelling, plus the erection of 4 new 3-storey houses fronting onto Westbury Road.
The proposals also include on-site parking provision for 18 vehicles with vehicular access being via the existing gateway onto Westbury Road.
Although the house and its associated coach house will be retained, some may regard the inclusion of 4 modern 3-storey dwellings in the grounds as a gross over-development of the site and yet another "garden-grabbing" exercise in our leafy suburbs.
To some, the proposed design of the new houses is totally out of keeping with the local area, with their top floors having the appearance of recycled ISO shipping containers, or Portakabins! An artist's impression is included as "View 1" and "View 2" in the Documents submitted with the Application.
UPDATE! (24 March 2018) Planning Permission was Refused on 19 March 2018. However, the Applicant has six months to lodge an Appeal against the decision. Full details for the refusal are given in the Planning Officer's Report, which is included in the "Documents" section of the Application.

Expansion of Facilities at Red Maids' School (Application Refused April 2017 and Appeal Dismissed February 2018)
Many residents will be aware that
Redland High and Red Maids' are to combine their schools on to the Westbury (Red Maids') site during 2017. Last year local residents were advised by Redland High that over 400 pupils will move up to the main site in Westbury next September. This will mean that the total number of pupils at the Red Maids' site will be well in excess of 1000.
In advance of the move, Red Maids' school have submitted a Planning Application (16/06846/F) - "Erection of modular classroom building to provide music and art space, shared between Senior and Junior School, together with external works to provide footpath links". This modular classroom is currently located on the Redland High site.
The Society has submitted an Objection to the Application on the grounds that the attendant increase in traffic congestion arising from the enlarged pupil numbers has, to date, not been addressed by Red Maids' School.
UPDATE! (5 April 2017) The Application has been Refused. However, the Applicant has 6 months in which to lodge an Appeal against the decision.
UPDATE! (1 December 2017), with just one day to go before the expiration of the Appeal deadline, the Applicant lodged an Appeal on 4 November 2017: APP/Z0116/W/17/3185901 The final date for receipt of comments from "interested parties" is 4 January 2018. Full details of the Appeal, including the Applicant's 83-page "Appeal Statement" can be viewed under the "Documents" section of the original Planning Application 16/06846/F.
UPDATE! (1 March 2018) The Appeal against Refusal was was Dismissed by the Planning Inspector on 22 February 2018.

Redevelopment at 48 Stoke Lane (Application Granted, December 2017)
A third Application (17/06120/F) has been submitted for the demolition of the existing bungalow and erection of a dormer bungalow, plus a pair of semi-detached houses. The Application proposes the inclusion of only one off-street parking space (for the bungalow).
Previously, in April 2017, an Application (17/01088/F) for two pairs of semi-detached dormer bungalows was refused on the grounds that it would "represent an incongruous and over intensive form of development out of character with surrounding development to the detriment of the character and appearance of the streetscene and local area". Also, there was no provision for any off-street parking.
In July 2017, a revised Application (17/04126/F) was submitted for a total of three dwellings. These comprised a pair of semi-detached houses and a dormer bungalow. This Application was subsequently withdrawn in September 2017.
Notwithstanding the current revised Application, in August 2017 the Developer initiated an Appeal (APP/Z0116/W/17/3179449) against Refusal of the first Application and this was subsequently Dismissed by the Planning Inspector on 23 November 2017.
UPDATE! (18 December) Full Planning Permission was Granted on 18 December 2017, subject to Conditions.
 

12 Southover Close - Construction of New 4-Berth Detached Garage (Application Granted, December 2017)
Notwithstanding 
the e
xtant planning permission that was previously granted in October 2017 - for side and rear extensions, plus a new 2-berth detached garage (17/04773/H) - this latest application (17/06194/CP) for a new-build 4-berth single-storey detached garage makes no reference to the previous successful application - in any shape or form.
On the face of it, this is just an application for a lawful development certificate for permitted development.
However, one is left to speculate as to the Developer's long-term intentions for the site. Could it all be part of a game of smoke and mirrors with BCC's Planners, as a precursor for a subsequent application for a full-sized 2-storey dwelling on the site?
UPDATE! (18 December) A Certificate of  Lawfulness was Issued on 18 December 2017. However, the Planning Officer noted that "any future use of the building hereby permitted other than as an ancillary building for the host dwelling will require further planning permission in its own right".

125 Passage Road - Proposed Additional 2-Storey Detached House (Application Granted October 2017)
A previous Application (17/02747/Fwas withdrawn in July 2017 but a revised Application (17/04933/F) has been submitted for a 2-storey detached dwelling in the garden of 125 Passage Road.The plot is contained within the existing curtilage of 125 Passage Road (at its junction with Northover Road). On the basis of the information detailed in the Application, it would appear that there will only be provision for one off-street parking space and no provision for a garage - neither will the existing off-street parking provision for the host dwelling be retained, or relocated.Presumably, all addition parking will be on-street in Northover Road?Some may regard this Application as over-development and yet another "garden-grabbing" exercise in our leafy suburbs. Conversely, others may consider that it provides much-needed local housing. However, it is perhaps worth noting that previous applications to develop this site have been refused.
UPDATE! (25 October) Full Planning Permission was Granted on 24 October 2017, subject to conditions.

12 Southover Close - Side and Rear Extensions plus new Detached Garage (Application Granted October 2017)
An Application (17/04773/H) for the addition of a new single storey rear extension, plus a new two-storey side extension and a new detached garage was submitted on 24 August 2017.
The proposals also include a new driveway and extensive site-levelling work, plus a new retaining wall.
This application follows refusal of a previous Application (16/05502/F) for redeveloping the site to include two pairs of semi-detached houses. An Appeal against refusal was subsequently Dismissed by the Planning Inspector.
Arguably, this latest application is not such an over-intensive redevelopment of this site but it does include some major civil engineering works which need to be critically assessed.
UPDATE!
(25 October) Full Planning Permission was Granted on 19 October 2017, subject to conditions.

334 Canford Lane - Erection of Additional New 4-Bedroom Dwelling (Application Granted August 2017)
Planning Application (17/02932/F) seeks to build a new 4-bedroom house in the grounds of 334 Canford Lane and supersedes Application 17/01132/F that was withdrawn in April this year. The latest proposals still include the demolition of the existing garage and part of the existing house. However, no replacement garage is proposed for No 334, neither is any garage proposed for the new dwelling. However, the proposals do include the provision for 3 parking spaces for each dwelling.
UPDATE! (9 August 2017) Planning Permission was Granted on 9 August 2017, subject to conditions.

New 5-Bedroom Dwelling at Rear of 18&19 Falcondale Walk (Application Granted August 2017)
Planning Application (17/01426/F) seeks to build a new 5-bedroom house in the rear gardens of 18 and 19 Falcondale Walk, with access from Eastover Close. Closing Date for receipt of comments is 19 April.
Some may regard this Application as over-development and yet another "garden-grabbing" exercise in our leafy suburbs. Conversely, others may consider that it provides much-needed local housing.
UPDATE! (27 May 2017) Revised plans were submitted on 25 May 2017 which indicate that the size of the proposed dwelling has been reduced. The published "Determination Deadline" is now 20 July 2017.
UPDATE! (16 August 2017) the time period for making a decision has been extended to 4 September 2017. This is to enable the application to remain 'in time' as the application has been called in to be decided by the Development Control Committee B at their Meeting on 30 August 2017.
UPDATE! (22 August 2017) the Planning Officer's Report to the Development Control Meeting on 30 August includes a Recommendation to Grant the Application, which was subsequently upheld by the Committee.

62 Falcondale Road Erection of Additional New Dwelling (Application Granted April 2017)
Planning Application (16/01540/F) submitted for the construction of two new 4-bedroomed houses, with double garages, in the garden to the rear of 62 Falcondale Road - with access on to Falcondale Road.The existing dwelling at 62 Falcondale Road will be retained, although its original garage has already been demolished as part of the proposed new access drive to the rear of the property.
UPDATE! (18 May 2016) The Application has been Refused. However, the Applicant has 6 months in which to lodge an Appeal against the decision.
UPDATE! (28 December 2016) A new Application (16/06917/F) has been submitted for only one dwelling (a dormer bungalow). Statutory Expiry Date for comments is 15 February 2017.
UPDATE! The expiry date for comments was extended to 28 March 2017 and then again to 6 April and then again to 12 April, at the request of the applicant, following submission of revised tree planting proposals.
UPDATE! (11 April 2017) Planning Permission was Granted on 11 April 2017, subject to conditions.

 Archived Applications of Local Interest

Depending on your point of view! 

Redevelopment at 48 Stoke Lane (Application withdrawn, September 2017)
In April 2017 Planning Application 17/01088/F for two pairs of semi-detached dormer bungalows was refused on the grounds that it would "represent an incongruous and over intensive form of development out of character with surrounding development to the detriment of the character and appearance of the streetscene and local area". Also, there was no provision for any off-street parking.
However, a revised Application (17/04126/F) has now been submitted for a total of three dwellings. These comprise a pair of semi-detached houses and a dormer bungalow. However, this latest Application does included one off-street parking spot for each of the semi-detached houses but nothing for the bungalow. In the Society's view, this is still a gross over-development of this small site. The Determination Deadline is 18 September 2017.
UPDATE! (20 September 2017) On 19 September 2017, the Application was Withdrawn

Redevelopment at 48 Stoke Lane (Application Refused April 2017 and Appeal Dismissed November 2017)
Planning Application (
17/01088/F) submitted for the demolition of the existing bungalow and erection of four replacement dormer bungalows. In the Society's view, this is a gross over-development of this small site. In short, the application proposes the demolition of an existing 1930's bungalow - with a garage and additional off-street parking provision - to be replaced by four semi-detached bungalows with no off-street parking provision whatsoever!
The Developer's expectation is that any cars owned by the occupants of the four new 3-bedroomed properties will find ample space to park - on-street - in Stoke Lane!! Closing Date for the receipt of comments is 5 April.
UPDATE! (25 April 2017) On 25 April 2017, Planning Permission was Refused, as it would "represent an incongruous and over intensive form of development out of character with surrounding development to the detriment of the character and appearance of the streetscene and local area."
UPDATE! (18 August 2017) The Developer initiated an Appeal on 17 August 2017: APP/Z0116/W/17/3179449.The final date for receipt of comments from "interested parties" is 5 October 2017.
UPDATE! The Appeal against Refusal was Dismissed by the Planning Inspector on 23 November 2017.

1-3 Stoke Lane - Proposed Conversion of Commercial Unit into 4 Dwellings (Application withdrawn, November 2017)
An "interesting" Application 17/04425/F has been submitted for the conversion of the existing retail unit (Connells Estate Agents) into four individual dwellings.
Some may regard this as an extreme example of squeezing a quart into a pint pot! However, the Application does include proposals for the provision of off-street under-croft parking.
It is perhaps worth noting that this latest Application was preceded recently by an Application for "tree works" (17/03186/VC) in which the Planning Officer recorded:
"Precursor to development. The tree location plan provided with this application is drawn in a format that would suggest the site has been surveyed with a view to development, however the current occupiers of the land are an estate agent and plans such as the one presented would be easily produced. The notification can only be assessed on the information that is required to be provided and speculation on the possibility of future development does not form part of an assessment."
So, the chickens have come home to roost and there is, therefore, a strong case to pursue retrospective enforcement of the Council's "Tree Replacement Standard".
UPDATE! (3 November) On 1 November 2017 the Application was Withdrawn.

125 Passage Road - Proposed Additional 2-Storey Detached House (Application Withdrawn, July 2017)
Planning Application submitted (
17/02747/F) to build an additional 2-storey detached dwelling in the garden of 125 Passage Road.
The plot is contained within the existing curtilage of 125 Passage Road (at its junction with Northover Road). On the basis of the information detailed in the Application, it would appear that there will only be provision for one off-street parking space and no provision for a garage - neither will the existing off-street parking provision for the host dwelling be retained, or relocated.
Presumably, all addition parking will be on-street in Northover Road?
Some may regard this Application as over-development and yet another "garden-grabbing" exercise in our leafy suburbs. Conversely, others may consider that it provides much-needed local housing. However, it is perhaps worth noting that previous applications to develop this site have been refused.
The Society has lodged a well-argued objection to the proposal.
The expiry date for submission of comments is 5 July 2017.
UPDATE! (1 August 2017) On 31 July 2017 the Application was Withdrawn.

Redevelopment of 12 Southover Close (Application Refused December 2016 and Appeal Dismissed June 2017)
Planning Application (16/05502/F) originally submitted to BCC (and Validated on 20 October) for the demolition of the existing dwelling at 12 Southover Close and the subsequent construction of two pairs of semi-detached houses. The Application is part-retrospective, as some site clearance and levelling works, including the construction of a retaining wall, has already been completed and this work in itself requires planning permission.
Some may regard this Application as over-development and yet another "garden-grabbing" exercise in our leafy suburbs. Conversely, others may consider that it provides much-needed local housing.
Some photos of the part-cleared site are included in Section 2 of the "Design and Access Statement", submitted in the suite of planning documents to support the Application.
UPDATE! (15 December 2016) The Application has been Refused. Full details for the refusal are given in the Planning Officer's Report, which is included in the "Documents" section of the Application
UPDATE! (18 March 2017) On 15 March, the Applicant submitted an Appeal against the Refusal. The "Appeal Statement of Case", a weighty tome of 63 pages submitted by Pegasus Group, is included in the "Documents" section of the original Application. Final comments from "interested parties" have to be received by the Planning Inspector before 19 April - see APP/Z0116/W/17/3169028
UPDATE! (16 June 2017) The Appeal against Refusal was Dismissed by the Planning Inspector on 13 June 2017.

334 Canford Lane - Erection of Additional New 5-Bedroom Dwelling (Application Withdrawn April 2017)
Planning Application (
17/01132/F) seeks to build a new 5-bedroom house in the grounds of 334 Canford Lane. This includes the demolition of the existing garage and part of the existing house. No replacement garage is proposed for No 334, neither is any garage proposed for the new dwelling. However, the proposals include the provision for 3 parking spaces for each dwelling. Closing Date for the receipt of comments is 12 April.
UPDATE! (20 April 2017) On 19 April the Application was Withdrawn.

Coombe Dingle Sports Complex
In advance of a formal Planning Application, the University of Bristol are currently consulting informally on proposals to improve their playing pitches at Coombe Dingle. The proposals also include minor refurbishment to the main pavilion and relocating the existing mobile communications aerials. Subject to a Planning Application being submitted and granted, work could start as soon as May, ready for completion in late September this year.
UPDATE! (5 February 2016) A Planning Application has now been submitted: 16/00537/F with a Statutory Expiry date for submissions of 3 May 2016.
UPDATE! (6 May 2016). The Application was considered by the Development Control Committee on 27 April 2016, with a Recommendation to Grant, subject to conditions. The "Grant" recommendation was subsequently upheld by the Committee and formally posted on the Council's Planning website on 6 May (16/00537/F).

Land to the East of Wesley College - Revised Application (Application Refused August 2016 and Appeal Dismissed May 2017)
The Developer for the
Land to the East of Wesley College submitted a revised application (15/05503/F) for the construction of four new residential dwellings (with associated access and landscaping). This followed a previous Planning Application (13/02361/F) in mid-2013 for 11 houses that was refused. A subsequent Appeal against the Refusal was dismissed in August 2014.
UPDATE! (24 August 2016) A Report from the Planning Officer was presented to the Development Control Committee Meeting on 23 August with a recommendation to "Refuse" and this was endorsed by the Committee. Will there be an Appeal........?
UPDATE! (29 November 2016) As expected, night has followed day and the Society has been advised that the Developer has lodged an Appeal.
UPDATE! (30 January 2017) The Developer initiated an Appeal on 25 January 2017: APP/Z0116/W/16/3164042 The final date for receipt of comments from "interested parties" is 1 March 2017.
UPDATE! (4 May 2017) The Appeal against the Refusal was dismissed by the Planning Inspector on 3 May 2017 

Southfield Road - Redevelopment of Tennis Court Site
In May 2015, an Outline Planning Application (15/00867/P) was granted for the erection of a single dwelling on the land which currently has a tennis court and swimming pool in the grounds of 156 Westbury Road. Access would be from Southfield Road.
UPDATE! (8 April 2016) An Application for the approval of "Reserved Matters" associated with granting has now been submitted (16/01257/M) with detailed proposals for a single dwelling on the site. Have a look at the "Design and Access Statement" listed under the Planning Application documents - the proposals may well be a great surprise, or major disappointment.
UPDATE! (12 June 2016) Planning Permission was Granted on 27 May 2016, subject to conditions.

69 High Street
In mid July 2014, an "interesting" Planning Application was submitted for redeveloping the land at the
rear of 69 High Street in Westbury. Full details can be accessed from the Planning Application (14/03519/F) link. WotSoc submitted a formal objection to the Application, principally on the grounds of over-intensive development with a complete lack of off-street parking provision. However, Planning Permission was subsequently Granted on 10 February 2015.
Since then the site has been sold on to a new Developer who submitted a totally revised Planning Application (15/04312/F) which included proposals for a terrace of four 2-bedroomed houses, in lieu of the flats.
UPDATE!
(11 March 2016) The Application for the terrace of four houses (at the rear of the site) has been Granted, subject to conditions. A further submission will be required for the commercial unit, fronting the High Street.
UPDATE! (30 April 2016) A Planning Application (16/02200/F) has now been submitted for a new shop front, with rear kitchen extension and separate access to the first floor flat.
UPDATE! (12 June 2016) Full Planning was Granted on 10 June 2016.

68 Westbury Hill: Change of Use to Hot Food Takeaway (Domino's Pizza) (Application Refused March 2016 but Appeal Granted June 2016)
A Planning Application (
15/04143/F) was submitted by Pegasus Group, on behalf of Domino's Pizza, for a change of use from a Retail Unit to a Hot Food Takeaway in the premises formally occupied by Johnsons Dry Cleaners.
The changes would include the installation of extraction/ventilation equipment and external alterations to the shop front. The site is within the Westbury Conservation Area. White zigzag lines are located directly in front of the premises, associated with the Zebra Crossing adjacent to the site.
UPDATE! (25 November 2015) The Planning Application for the change of use has been Refused. However, the Applicant has 6 months in which to lodge an Appeal against the decision.
UPDATE! (23 March 2016) As sure as night follows day, the Applicant has lodged an Appeal. No surprises there then!
UPDATE! (30 June 2016) In his Appeal Decision, dated 24 June 2016, the Planning Inspector Allowed the Appeal and, consequently, the original Planning Application is Granted.

Verge opposite No 29 Canford Lane
One of the Society's fundamental aims and objectives is to try to ensure that Westbury has quality of design in any new buildings or adaptations of public sites. Therefore, the Society's Committee are aghast at the current proposal to erect two very small apartments in Canford Lane, on what amounts to the verge of the original Lane (Planning Application 15/03794/F).
This is a just a greedy and squalid little plan - designed solely to make money for the developer, rather than to provide any quality housing, or distinctive architecture, for future generations. The area to be used would involve the lifting of TPOs on existing trees, their subsequent removal, and the destruction of a valued part of the local landscape. The developer's proposal for their replacement with new street trees, under current planning regulations, would involve numerous build-outs into the highway and removal of valuable parking spaces - all to the detriment of a parking area that is absolutely vital to local shoppers and businesses.
This architectural vandalism in one of Westbury's most familiar streetscapes is abhorrent to us all and we shall be opposing both removal of the trees and any subsequent building on this tiny site.
UPDATE! (23 October 2015) An Appeal has been made to the Secretary of State against the City Council as they had failed to determine the original Application within the appropriate time period. Submissions can be made to the Inspector until 26 November.
UPDATE! (23 February 2016) The Appeal has been Dismissed and Planning Permission Refused, see Appeal Decision

1 Eastfield Road - Change of Use
A Planning Application (15/04327/F) has been submitted by Microcosm for a change of use from an office to 2 town houses at 1 Eastfield Road. The proposals include extending the building and using the roof area to create an additional floor.
However, the overall massing of the proposed extension and the palate of materials proposed for the walls and new roof appear at odds with the surrounding buildings in this part of the Westbury Conservation Area. In short, the appearance of the proposed works is completely out of keeping with the surrounding area and will dominate the approach to the village. Please refer to the computer-generated illustrations depicted in the Design and Access Statement accompanying the Planning Application.
UPDATE! (7 December 2015) The Application has been Withdrawn. So, watch this space for details on any subsequent Application.

57 -59 High Street
A Planning application (16/00340/F) has been submitted for the demolition of outbuildings and clearance of land behind 57-59 High Street and the subsequent erection of two new 3-bedroom detached dwellings, with off-street parking. Although within the Westbury Conservation Area, the Society currently has no strong views, either way, as to the merit of these proposals.
UPDATE! (19 July 2016) The Application was Granted on 18 July 2016, with conditions.
UPDATE! (1 December 2016) A subsequent Application (16/06563/F) has since been submitted which seeks the erection of a third detached dwelling, replacing the existing informal parking area at the rear.
UPDATE! (6 February 2017) The subsequent Application was Granted on 3 February 2017, with conditions.

Southmead Police Station Redevelopment
A Planning Application (15/06605/F) has been submitted to redevelop the existing Southmead Police Station into a care home with 66 bedrooms, plus associated landscaping and car parking.
Whilst the Society has no objections in principle to the proposed redevelopment, it is unfortunate that the Application proposes the removal of a high quality specimen tree, namely a Wellingtonia (T22) which is protected by a TPO (Tree Preservation Order).
Additionally, the tree is classified as Category A - a tree of high quality, capable of making a significant contribution to the area for 40 or more years. It is perhaps ironic that this fact is recognised in the arboricultural report (commissioned by the developer) and removal of the tree is proposed without any real argument or justification. In short, the only justification appears to be that this particular specimen tree is simply in the way of the development.
The Society, and others, believe that the tree could be retained within the development, with only a few minor changes to the layout currently proposed.
UPDATE! (7 April 2016) The Application was considered at the Meeting of the Development Control Committee on 6 April 2016, with a recommendation from the Planning Officer to "Grant Subject to Conditions". However, the Committee decided otherwise and the Application was Refused on the basis that the loss of the Wellingtonia (T22) subject to a TPO, was not essential to the redevelopment of the site. Full details for the Refusal are available via the documents listed under 15/06605/F
UPDATE! (1 September 2016) The Developer initiated an Appeal on 26 August 2016: APP/Z0116/W/16/3151831
UPDATE!
(30 December 2016) In his Appeal Decision, dated 28 December 2016, the Planning Inspector Allowed the Appeal and, consequently, the original Planning Application is Granted.

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