|Address||Whiteladies Residential Home 22 Redland Park Bristol BS6 6SD
|Proposal||Proposed demolition of coach house and conversion of Nursing Home into three 2 bedroom (3 bed space) flats, two 2 bedroom (4 bed space) flats, two 3 bedroom (6 bed space) flats and the rebuilding of the two storey coach house to form a new 2 bedroom (4 bed space) cottage, with associated bin and cycle storage and parking.|
|Neighbour Consultation Expiry||18-03-20|
|Standard Consultation Expiry||17-03-20|
|Decision||GRANTED subject to condition(s)|
|BCC Planning Portal||on Planning Portal|
|Public Comments||Supporters: 0 Objectors: 8 Unstated: 1 Total: 9|
|No. of Page Views||0|
|Comment analysis||Date of Submission|
|Nearby Trees||Within 200m|
The application was granted, but subject to conditions, including:
Arboriculture An arboricultural officer was consulted in relation to the proposals and raised concern over the scheme of tree removal and replacement. A revised scheme was submitted in response to concerns however the applicant ultimately opted to omit tree removal from the proposals. OFFICER NOTE: Proposals to remove trees have been omitted from the application following substantial concern raised by amenity groups and residents. All other concerns are considered in the proceeding key issues.
Redland Park Road is in a Conservation area. It has no street trees growing on it. The only trees visible from the road are those growing in front gardens, many of which are mature, large-specimen trees.
These four trees form a part of continuous canopy of trees growing along the south eastern side of some six house frontages. Taken as a whole, they and form a striking and important public visual amenity which enhances to ambiance of the street. The removal of these four trees would effectively destroy this amenity.
On the basis of their trunk diameters, we calculate that these trees have a combined CAVAT value of almost £100,000. We calculate that, as best, it would take about 20 years to replace the lost CO2e caused by felling these trees even if 12 new trees were to be planted to replace them.
Policy DM21: Development of Private Gardens states at page 45:
Development involving the loss of gardens will not be permitted unless:
i. The proposal would represent a more efficient use of land at a location where higher densities are appropriate; or
ii. The development would result in a significant improvement to the urban design of an area; or
iii. The proposal is an extension to an existing single dwelling and would retain an adequate area of functional garden.
In all cases, any development of garden land should not result in harm to the character and appearance of an area.
Development involving front gardens should ensure that the character of the street is not harmed and that appropriate boundary treatments and planting are retained.
This application meets not of these criteria and so the element seeking to remove the trees should be rejected.
We also endorse and adopt the comments made on behalf of the Redland and Cotham Amenity Society (RCAS):
"The trees are considered to make a positive contribution to the street scene in this conservation area. The trees visually have good form and if effectively managed going forward should enhance the area for many more years. Replacement of the trees in the same locations is also achievable should the trees come to the end of their life, which will maintain the current tree canopy for Bristol as set out in the Bristol One City Plan. Ref p38/64. The plan also identifies that alternative sites for replacement of similar trees within the local area are likely to be impossible to find."