Former Bristol GasWorld showroom set to be demolished and replaced by flats
A FORMER showroom and offices in a Bristol street are set to be turned into apartments.
The former GasWorld premises on the corner of Redcliff Street and Ferry Street have been empty for three years.
Clifton-based Freemantle Capital Partners are now seeking planning permission to demolish the existing building and replace with a total of 26 one, two, and three-bed flats.
The plan was revised to provide some family-sized homes.
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Councillors will decide at a planning meeting on Wednesday whether consent should be given.
Planning officers are recommending approval subject to conditions.
A total of 233 neighbouring properties were notified about the original plan but only one objection was received.
It expressed concerns with the proposed height of the building and potential loss of light, particularly in the winter.
A further public consultation was carried out after the revised plans were submitted.
This led to two additional letters which raised concerns about overlooking, loss of view of an 11th century church, and fears of noise and disturbance.
The site lies within the Redcliff Conservation Area which was previously known as Redcliffe Village.
Outline planning permission was given in 2002 for the village which included the creation of a piazza near the development site.
The Conservation Advisory Panel said the council should not miss the opportunity to realise some of the aspirations of the village concept.
But the report says that as the village never went ahead, the redevelopment of this site did not mean that significant highway works were needed.
The Redcliff Futures Group supports in general the redevelopment of the site but also would have preferred to see some of the village plans realised.
The report says that negotiations have been held over the number of affordable homes which should provided.
Planning officers say an offer of three one-bed flats has been made which should be accepted.
The planning officers conclude: "Revisions have been sought to make the planning application acceptable, resulting in family-sized accommodation and seeking amendments to the scheme on amenity and design grounds.
"Whilst concern has been expressed regarding the non-provision of active floor frontage across the entire site boundary, a balanced approach has been taken to the scheme where it is now recommended for approval."
GasWorld Ltd, a heating and plumbing company specialising in the installation, servicing and maintenance of domestic and commercial central heating systems, now operates from head offices in St Anne's.