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Planning & Listed Building consent Appeals Allowed for Student Development

Bristol City Centre

Thu 20 December 18

The Secretary of State’s Planning Inspector has granted consent for a new student development in Bristol city centre. In bringing forward the proposals for Rochford Property Investments, Aspect360 managed the process alongside the project architects 105 West to overcome a number of issues. The constraints focused on access, the historic context, conservation area setting and Grade II* listed status of the boundary walls.

Whilst gaining the officer’s recommendation for approval, the planning committee sided with objectors to refuse consent. However, the Inspector recognised the qualities and benefits of the development and allowed the subsequent appeals

The architects imaginative design rises to the challenges of the site and historic environment with a contemporary design approach.

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Student Development in Conservation Area

Bartley Street, Bedminster, Bristol

Fri 09 November 18

Planning and Conservation Area Consent for Demolition have today been granted consent for the redevelopment of an industrial site to create a mix of student cluster flats and studio accommodation. The inner-urban site presented a number of challenges due to the proximity of neighbouring buildings and the fact it falls within the Bedminster Conservation Area. Nevertheless, working closely with the project architects and clients, we were able to provide guidance on the issues to address which helped ensure the 8-week target date for a decision was achieved by the Council.

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Consent for Conversion of Historic Buildings, Trowbridge

Church Street, Trowbridge

Wed 24 October 18

Working in collaboration with Bath-based architects F W Beresford-Smith & Partners, Aspect360 have helped secure Listed Building Consent and a resolution to grant planning permission to convert the former United Church and Community Buildings in the centre of Trowbridge.

This unusual development comprises nine listed buildings, several of which are to be converted and restored to create a major residential development of 25no. 1 and 2-bed apartments. The redundant church and community buildings had remained empty for a couple of years before the site was sold to clients who intend developing it.

Aspect360 undertook pre-application consultation with the Trowbridge Town Council, gaining their support for the scheme. For the planning and listed building applications, Aspect360 provided a number of reports to address planning, heritage, design, access and planning obligations. Discussions and site meetings then took place at the site with Council officers and Historic England advisers who took a keen interest in the sites future use. Given the complexities of the site, the planning process was dealt with in a positive and proactive manner by those involved which will assist with securing the future of the historic buildings. Other consultants involved with the project included Hillside Trees Ltd (arborculture), Heritage Planning Services (archaeology), Amalgam Landscape (landscape design) and Mann Williams (structural conditions).

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Listed Cowshed Conversion Consent

Tockington Park Farm

Fri 12 October 18

One of our smaller projects but nevertheless technically challenging, working with WH Architects we have secured planning and listed building consent for conversion of a curtilage listed cowshed. Located within the open countryside and Green Belt, the building forms part of an historic farmstead which contains several listed buildings.

The proposals will create holiday accommodation that will complement others within the site and ensure the historic building continues to be maintained. To ensure the conversion is appropriate for the type of building, the works include a limecrete floor, wood fibre insulation boards and a breathable lime-based finish.

Aspect360 managed the process and input of technical consultants to ensure correct information and a justification for the development could be made.

WH Architects - www.wharchitects.co.uk

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Major Urban Regeneration and Heritage Enhancement

Portland Square, Bristol

Mon 17 September 18

Bristol’s planning committee has resolved to granted planning and listed building consent for a conservation-led development that will restore one of Bristol’s most important Georgian Squares that is of national significance. The development will restore Grade I listed buildings and recreate the missing townscape within the square with buildings which replicate the historic context. The development will deliver 94 apartments which will include affordable housing units and a significant CIL contribution to the Council.

Aspect360 led on the planning process. The development was designed by NOMA architects with assistance from Craddy Pitchers who provided detailed structural advice. Highgate Transport also assisted with key information to address highway matters.

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