Revised plan for old courts put forward
ONE of Bristol's biggest city centre eyesores has taken another stride towards redevelopment.
Updated plans for the conversion of the former magistrates' court on Nelson Street into student flats have been submitted to the council.
The new development would transform the road, which has become the site of popular graffiti festival See No Evil.
A previous application to turn the site into a Travelodge hotel has been changed due to financial difficulties at the company.
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The popular See No Evil festival has been held on Nelson Street for the last two summers.
The "street gallery" left behind has attracted thousands more to Bristol keen to see graffiti daubed by well-known international artists.
The former magistrates' building is one of the key sites used by graffiti artists to turn Nelson Street into a gallery.
However, organisers of the festival welcomed redevelopment to the area. An organiser, who chose not to be named, said the plans were "great news" for the rundown area.
The new application is for a ten storey block of student flats around a central courtyard with two commercial units underneath.
The student accommodation part of the development includes space for 348 beds arranged in a number of different sized shared flats.
The 1970s court building, also called Wheatsheaf House, closed in December 2007 and a new £25-million court complex was built to replace it in Marlborough Street.
It was put up for sale for £5 million in 2008 and more than 100 parties showed interest in buying the site.
In the new application for development submitted by the Watkin Jones Group, it states that the previously planned hotel is no longer viable.
The document says that financial difficulties and debt have meant that the developer will "no longer occupy and operate the hotel element of the approved development".