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Development plans for derelict Redfield site

By ellie pipe, Friday May 29, 2020

A café/bar and nine new homes could be built on a former post office site under new plans submitted to Bristol City Council.

The derelict patch on the corner of Church Road and Chalks Road in Redfield sits diagonally across from the old Lloyds Bank, which remains shrouded in scaffolding before it reopens a bar and restaurant run by the team behind pubs the Christmas Steps and Spotted Cow.

These latest plans, submitted by Stokes Morgan Planning Ltd on behalf of Chaps Property Ltd, would see the construction of a new four-storey building on the prominent site opposite St George Park that is currently surrounded by hoardings.

In the planning documents, the developers say their proposals “will improve the social cohesion of the area and make good use of otherwise redundant land”.

They say they are seeking to redevelop the site with a “modern and sustainable building” that will “improve the quality of the area”.

The proposed development site on the corner of Church Road and Chalks Road currently stands empty – photo by Ellie Pipe

Developers hope to build a cafe/bar and nine new homes on the site of the former post office – photo by Ellie Pipe

The plan is for the café/bar to occupy the ground floor of the premises, with seven two-bedroom homes and two one-bedroom apartments occupying the upper three floors.

According to the planning documents, all of the accommodation will be available on the open market, with no affordable housing provision.

Documents state the ground floor café/bar will be accessed from Church Road and will add a new source of income for the community. The remainder of the ground floor would comprise refuse, recycling and cycle storage, plant and storeroom for the building, and the entrance lobby to the upper floor flats.

The scheme is a zero parking one and includes the provision of cycle storage sheds for up to 12 bikes.

The proposed development will incorporate a cafe/bar on the ground floor and nine new homes on the upper three floors – image from CMS Architects Ltd (within Bristol City Council planning documents)

Planning permission has previously been granted to build a retail unit and eight flats on the site.

The developer adds: “The proposal seeks to improve the design and appearance of an extant planning permission, to provide a more fitting design solution for this prominent corner location at the gateway to the primary St George/Church Road shopping area.”

There have been three objections submitted to Bristol City Council’s planning portal to date, with Bristol Civic Society raising concerns the height of the development is “out of kilter with neighbouring properties and would be harmful to the street scene”.

Main image from CMS Architects Ltd (within Bristol City Council planning documents)

Read more: Experienced team to transform former bank into bar and restaurant

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