Working in conjunction with a local planning consultant, a student accommodation scheme in the Kingsdown area has been granted permission at appeal. Despite a protracted pre-application planning process, Bristol City Council had refused the scheme based on the potential for an exacerbation of a perceived imbalance in the housing stock in the local area. The concerns of the local authority were that there would be an imbalance between open market housing and student accommodation, which would be deemed to have a detrimental effect on local shops and commerce as well as exacerbating issues of noise, disturbance and anti social behaviour.
However, the planning inspectorate found in favour of the proposed development, which is for bespoke accommodation designed specifically for the needs of the student accommodation market. The development will utilise the structure of a former public house, with a largely three storey new build section to the rear. As such, the development will not remove any of the existing local open market housing stock.
The appeal decision provides a detailed breakdown of the issues involved and the full appeal decision may be found via the planning section of the Bristol City Council website.