Jul 23, 2022
The Clifton and Hotwells Improvement Society reiterates in the strongest
possible terms its opposition to this inappropriate and damaging set of
proposals. CHIS is also more than surprised that, in the light of the
views of English Heritage and CAP, the Application has not been amended
before being re-submitted.
The following points are of particular importance in assessing the
The scheme constitutes over-intensive development. In the words of
Historic England, 'the proposed layout, massing and design fails to
respond to the character and appearance of the Conservation Area'.
A high proportion of the homes have only a single aspect. There is no
daylight in some corridors. Far too many have no access to private open
space. There is nowhere for children to play.
The buildings are too high, especially those proposed on College Road,
and are out of keeping with surrounding buildings. As Historic England
puts it, '(the) robust rhythm of weighty Victorian villas, constructed
predominantly from dressed rubble and Bath stone detailing, is certainly
the overriding built form and the concept of a terraced approach of this
scale alongside the existing short terrace is of considerable concern'.
The poor design and over-massing would damage the setting of surrounding
A significant number of mature trees would be lost.
In sum, the proposals fail altogether to preserve or enhance the character
of the Conservation Area. In fact, they would do the opposite and cause
It is also relevant to point out that the housing is of such construction
that the embodied energy and greenhouse gas emissions will be far in
excess of what is targeted by bodies such as the RIBA and the UK Green
Building Council. Giving consent to housing of this nature is not
consistent with the Council's own declaration of a climate emergency.
Chris Jefferies, on behalf of the Clifton and Hotwells Improvement Society.