20-year Stokes Croft planning row ongoing for 19 new homes proposal

-Credit: (Image: Paul Gillis/Bristol Live)
-Credit: (Image: Paul Gillis/Bristol Live)


A long-abandoned building on Stokes Croft appears to be set for renovation, 20 years after planning permission was first granted. Scaffolding was recently erected around 101 Stokes Croft, with plans suggesting the potential for residential and retail units.

The building to the right of the old ironmongers, still complete with its beautiful former signage, has been dilapidated for many years. A date above the building next door shows that the plan's site dates back to 1868.

The stretch of units from 97-101 Stokes Croft has seen a number of planning applications put forward by Megaworth Limited. Most recently, a lawful existing development application was put forward for the site.

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The proposed plans, which cite planning permission granted in 2003, are for the construction of 19 residential units comprising one, two and three bedroom flats and maisonettes. The permission also stipulates the retention of retail use and buildings fronting Stokes Croft.

One requirement of the planning permission granted in 2003 was for works to have 'materially started' within five years of the permission being granted. The town planner associated with the plans, Andrew Beard, has argued that as work started prior to the five year mark, including partial demolition, the permission is still live.

However, Bristol City Council planning officers have suggested that planning permission may not still be valid, as formal submissions that the conditions had been met were not made. A Certificate of Lawful Development was submitted last year to secure the original permission.

"The application has been with the Council since 27th March 2023 and I cannot get any response from them. Any works will not start until this is resolved and then further conditions will need discharging also," said town planner Andrew Beard.

A spokesperson for Bristol City Council said: "The latest application submitted requests a Lawful Development Certificate, appearing to ask that the proposed development is not required to be subject to further planning permission. At present this application remains under consideration and no date for determination has been set."

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