Bristol Civic Society announce support for Lawrence Hill Development

July 19, 2021

We are pleased to report that Bristol Civic Society, an independent, voluntary organisation dedicated to the improvement of Bristol’s built environment, have voiced their support for WDA’s proposal for a mixed-use development of 72 dwellings and 720m2 commercial/community space in Lawrence Hill.

Simon Birch, Chair of BCS, writes: “The Civic Society is supportive in principle of this imaginative proposal.

The Society welcomes the latest design proposals for this site, having voiced strong objection to earlier proposals, some involving very tall towers. We particularly support the retention and reuse of the Victorian buildings which will give them a long term, sustainable future. The extension of the frontages to Easton Road and Lawrence Hill is appropriate. The new frontage to the roundabout is also appropriate in terms of height, massing and elevational treatment.”

WDA undertook various public and stakeholder consultations last year, including sessions with the Old Market Community Association (OMCA)and the Bristol Urban Design Forum (BUDF), which were valuable exercises to enable collaboration during the design development stage, allowing the design team to respond to feedback and observations prior to the resultant planning application submission.

The proposal is currently awaiting a decision for Planning Permission and receiving support from Bristol Civic Society will further reinforce the case towards a positive outcome from Bristol City Council later this summer. WDA look forward to continuing to work with local stakeholders as the project progresses.

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