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Council to reveal which areas most suitable for high-rises MAYOR Marvin Rees listened to concerns that tower blocks in Bedminster Green will damage the quality of life both for their neighbours and the people who live in them. But he gave no indication that he will call a halt to the councils’ encouragement of high-density, high-rise residential buildings as a way out of the city’s housing crisis. The mayor heard complaints about future tower blocks from several residents when he held a
question and answer session at Victoria Park Baptist church in Windmill Hill on January 19. “A lot of people on the hill are really concerned about their quality of life. We don’t want to see that totally ruined because of developers’ greed,” one woman told him. Several developers have told the Voice that the council is encouraging them to put forward plans for tall buildings. On Bedminster Green, Rollo Homes has reduced its plan from 10 to
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ROLLO Homes, which is so far the only developer to have made a planning application at Bedminster Green, is seeing new objections to its revised, smaller plan. The Bedminster firm reduced its Malago Road plan from 10 storeys to nine and from 206 to 183 flats. It has also withdrawn plans for a district energy centre, saying it will replace it with 30 “affordable” homes. Among 18 objectors to the new plan was a resident of Malago Road who said the flats would still overshadow his home. The Environment Agency has also objected, saying the plan doesn’t give it enough access to the River Malago. Rollo has hinted it may take more part in discussions with the other four developers on the Green. Bristol city council said: “We are in discussions with the landowners
Still drawing objections: The latest version of the Rollo plan of the different development sites in the Bedminster Green area in order to encourage them to work together on a masterplan for the wider area which would help to coordinate the individual proposals, provide the overall infrastructure that the area needs, and to maximise the amount of affordable housing delivered.” The area will also be included in a review of the city’s Local Plan.
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nine storeys, but other developers are proposing towers of 18 storeys and more. Mr Rees told residents that it is essential that Bristol comes up with a city plan it can defend, otherwise “the free market will run riot in Bristol, and we will end up with what we are given.” The council is working on a map, to be released in the spring, which will show the areas of the city which will be zoned for high-density development. Bedminster Green can expect to be on the list, along with Bath Road. Mr Rees insisted he wants developers to provide workable communities, not just places to live: “We don’t just want to provide bricks and mortar for people to live in but cities that are sustainable,” he said.
Offer to cast-off apprentices BUILDER Helm Construction has offered to take on apprentices left stranded by the collapse of construction giant Carillion. It’s thought up to 1,400 apprentices were affected when Carillion folded last month. Helm Construction chief executive Gary Sheppard said the Bristol firm is eager to help. “We already have a number of apprentices going through our training programme but we can make room for more given the scale of the calamity which has overtaken Carillion. “Any Carillion apprentices in the Greater Bristol area should give us a call to see if we can help. We can take four carpentry apprentices and two groundwork apprentices to help us on a dozen and more sites around Bristol.” Helm is building a shop and four flats at 1 Redcatch Road, Knowle, on a prominent site at the corner of Wells Road.
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