Application Details

Reference 20/01930/F
Address Police Dog & Horse Training Centre Clanage Road Bristol BS3 2JY  
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Proposal Proposed change of use from training centre (Use Class D1) to touring caravan site (Use Class D2), consisting of 62 pitches and associated buildings and works.
Validated 19-05-20
Type Full Planning
Status Decided
Neighbour Consultation Expiry 23-06-20
Standard Consultation Expiry 31-07-20
Determination Deadline 18-08-20
Decision Refer to the Secretary of State
Decision Issued 17-03-22
BCC Planning Portal BCC Planning Portal
Public Comments Supporters: 39 Objectors: 3  Unstated: 8  Total: 50
No. of Page Views 0
Comment analysis   Date of Submission
Nearby Trees Within 200m

BTF response: OBJECT

Appeal re proposed Baltic Wharf caravan park replacement on Clanage Road - planning permission refused.

https://acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/ViewCase.aspx?caseid=3270776

This matter has gone to Appeal. See - pa.bristol.gov.uk/online-applications/appealDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=QQ26ZGDN00K00

Here are the documents used in the Inquiry - https://app.box.com/s/0tencnmo9i8bpf7o7qy34iwzp9b9sn0z

We have submitted our Statement of Case and Addendum to the Planning Inspector.

The original application

This application was approved by the Development Control Committee, subject to a reference to the Secretary of State in view of the flooding issues.

We object to this application on the basis that there is insufficient retention of existing trees, contravening DM17 of the Local Plan, and inadequate replacement planting, incontravention of DM15 of the Local Plan. Further, both issues are contrary to BCS9 of the Core Strategy.

It takes many decades for new planting to recover the amenity and ecological value of trees, and still more decades to re-sequester carbon lost as a result of felling mature trees. For this reason,retention of trees is essential.

Where this is not possible, replacement trees should be of native species with large stature and long lived, and aimed at recovering lost canopy by the target date set by Bristol City Council fordoubling of Bristol's tree cover. To not do so would undermine the policy set out in the One City Plan.

The suggestion that a line of mature Cupressus trees should be regarded as a hedge reveals the attitude the developers have to green infrastructure. Whether these are called a hedge or a line oftrees is not relevant to their actual status. Use of the Bristol Tree Forum Carbon Calculator, which also acts as a surrogate for canopy, amenity and ecological value, sets the replacement of thesetrees at a rate of 6 trees for each felled tree on the basis of recovering tree cover by 2046. Irrespective of the semantics, this should be the replacement rate, and is largely in line with the BTRS. The new site has more caravan berths than does the existing site at Baltic Wharf. If the number of berths is reduced at the new site to reflect the number at the old site, there would be sufficient space for additional planting "in situ".

Dr John Tarlton for Bristol Tree Forum.

Public Comments

on 2022-02-06   SUPPORT

As an owner of a campervan, I would urge the council to recognise the increased needfor caravan and campervan site due to the explosion of ownership since COVID 19. It has becomeincreasingly difficult to find locations to overnight when visiting places, and given the size andimportance of Bristol it is crazy that the current riverside touring site is being closed down.

If the council wants to avoid campervan owners being forced to overnight on residential streetsand areas like the Downs, please allow this planning application to go through so that campervanowners wanting to visit Bristol have somewhere to stay.

on 2022-01-22   SUPPORT

We are regulars visitors to Baltic Wharf and feel very strongly that the decision to closethis site is a mistake on environmental and economic grounds, it is not a brownfield site needingdevelopment, there are many others that are: this is a green and practical fully used touristresource. Given that the short sighted decision has been taken, the reluctance to pass theproposed development at Clanage Road Long Ashton is unbelievable. We visit perhaps five or sixtimes a year to attend the theatre, eat out or meet friends, regularly spending several hundreds ofpounds in the Bristol economy. We often cannot get a booking. Without a site we would not visit.This delay is sending a clear message to motorhome owners and caravanners that Bristol doesnot want their custom. Bristol is one of the few British cities with a site within walking distance ofthe city centre and on a waterside. It has been unique. Please pass this application for theCaravan Club as a matter of urgency so that the new site can take over from the old one.

on 2022-01-20   SUPPORT

As a frequent visitor to the Caravan and Motorhome Club's Baltic Wharf site which hasnow been closed for redevelopment, I wish to voice my strong support for this application. Atouring caravan and motorhome site within walking distance of the centre of the city is a fantasticamenity and greatly encourages visitors (who in turn patronise local businesses). Please approvethis application.

on 2021-12-28  

A point of note and interest - This is the site that was frequently painted by the BristolSchool (Bristol School of Artists. The school initially formed around Edward Bird some yearsbefore his death in 1819. Other artists involved were Edward Villiers Rippingille, Samuel Jackson,James Johnson, Nathan Cooper Branwhite, William West, James Baker Pyne, George ArthurFripp and Paul Falconer Poole. Many of the paintings are displayed and/or stored in the BristolMuseum, and often depict the Rownham Ferry, an ancient crossing point of the River Avon, whichwas in operation until 1930s. This is a very historic part of the City and a very beautiful part of theCity. Here is a link to just one of these paintings by Francis Danbyhttps://artuk.org/discover/artworks/clifton-rocks-from-rownham-fields-188421/search/keyword:rownham--referrer:global-search.

I raise this as this area is of importance to the City of Bristol's history and an area of outstandingnatural beauty, which has been mostly been forgotten since the Cumberland Basin (and AshtonBridge) was built and the ferry was lost.

62 pitches is a lot of pitches for this site. Some natural screening will need to be in place so thatthe site does not detract from the natural scenery which completely surrounds this site.

I'd like to see more details about natural screening and protecting the wildlife corridor. Theprevious building was not used 24/7, but the use for this caravan site will.

This is really part of the Avon Gorge, linking the the wildlife up the sides of the Gorge, the RiverAvon and the Grade 1 listed Ashton Court grounds. It is adjacent to wooded areas and open greenbelt grassland. There is the potential for this use of land to enhance the link to wildlife, with careful

planning (possibly with fewer pitches. Planting of mature planting would be needed as any newtrees planted will takes years and years to mature, and therefore won't protect the green belt

on 2021-12-27  

62 pitches is a lot of pitches for this site. Some natural screening will need to be in placeso that the site does not detract from the natural scenery which completely surrounds this site.

I'd like to see more details about natural screening and protecting the wildlife corridor. Theprevious building was not used 24/7, but the use for this caravan site will.

This is really part of the Avon Gorge, linking the the wildlife up the sides of the Gorge, the RiverAvon and the Grade 1 listed Ashton Court grounds. It is adjacent to wooded areas and open greenbelt grassland. There is the potential for this use of land to enhance the link to wildlife, with carefulplanning (possibly with fewer pitches. Planting of mature planting would be needed as any newtrees planted will takes years and years to mature, and therefore won't protect the green belt.

on 2021-11-24  

Something needs to be done with the old Police Dog Training Centre and site, and thissounds like an option that could welcome people to the area that would enjoy this very iconic site,and the greenness of this area. It also won't impact too much on this beautiful green landscapeand environment.

If it is developed sympathetically to this area, ie, signage, lighting, spacious pitches, plenty ofplanting, etc. then I feel this could work. We have had a lot of very poor planning applications overthe past few years, that constantly destroying this natural environment, so it would be good for anyplanning application to build features in that support this very special location.

I have some considerable concerns over about towed vehicles coming down Rownham Hill, tryingto turn left into a site just off a blind bend and others coming from the south trying to turn acrossspeeding traffic coming from that direction. I would ask Bristol / North Somerset Highways, pleaseto make sure that they are both happy with the proposals because the highways report provideslittle comfort to me on these aspects.

I would like particular focus to be place on avoiding light spillage from the site. Including have alights off time, so no lights after a certain time - because there are no other artificial lights at nightin this area at all at the moment.

There is wildlife in abundance close by so careful consideration enhancing the environment forwildlife will be needed. Bats, foxes, badgers, birds of prey, etc.

on 2021-08-19   OBJECT

This planning application is a potential danger to life and is completely unnecessary.The Caravan Club already have a much more suitable site at Baltic Wharf.

The Baltic Wharf site is not part of the City Council's published development plan. It is beingcleared solely so that Goram Homes can build luxury flats and make money. The burden of safetyfor campers is being pushed onto the shoulders of the Environment Agency so that Bristol CityCouncil can make a profit through their own private development company. Disgraceful!

You have seen the recent pictures of flooding in Germany and the Netherlands, do you think thatdoesn't happen here? You have short memories. Remember Boscastle, the Somerset levels,Boston Lincolnshire, Stourbridge, Bewdley, Doncaster, Trent, Derwent, Carlisle? The list isendless. Flooding is becoming a regular feature of our climate. Wake up Bristol City Councilpeople's lives are worth more than your profit!

This application is a flood disaster waiting to happen.

on 2021-08-03   SUPPORT

We live in Cirencester. As frequent visitors to the existing CMC site at Baltic Wharf, overthe years we have made many friends in the area. And like many other CMC members, during ourvisits to Bristol, we also support the local economy.Whilst we're disappointed that the existing site will soon be closing, we do understand the need forredevelopment of the area. However, whilst we feel like honorary Bristololians, we can't afford torelocate there.Bristol is a wonderful, cosmopolitan city that invites visitors to look, see and feel the richness ofmulti-cultural integration and environmental awareness.For this application to not go ahead would mean denying sharing this vision with a significantnumber of people who would otherwise not be able to visit Bristol.And it's for this primary reason that we wholeheartedly support the proposed new CMC site atClanage Road.

on 2021-06-19   SUPPORT

Bristol is a great city to visit for both leisure and history. I've enjoyed many holidays andshort breaks at the current caravan club site at Baltic wharf. The Caravan site club bring visitorsand income to the city all year round benefiting both visitor and Bristol business.The proposed newsite would be a continuation of this. I fully support it.

on 2021-06-08   SUPPORT

Why is it taking so lo g to tick a few boxes. Does the council want people to visit theirCity. Funny though the Baltic Wharf housing plan has NOT been signed off !!!!!

on 2021-05-08   SUPPORT

Why is it taking the council so long to tick a few boxes and grant planning permission.It's just a change of use. Bet the police didn't have any problem with their planning application.Bristol is a thriving city, don't spoil it.

on 2021-05-08   SUPPORT

I and many others would like to see how easy Bristol council awarded planning forhousing on Baltic Wharf. Saying originally the site was going to be used as a school.

on 2021-04-08   SUPPORT

We regularly traveled to the Baltic Wharf Caravan site over the past 15 years. Not onlyis it a brilliant site, it is so close to the water to just sit and watch the world go by the area isbeautiful, so lovely to not use the car. The city is great for everyone, fantastic shops,restaurants,events, most of them walking distance, or on a good bus route.Please do not close this site.

on 2020-10-19   OBJECT

I object to this application on the basis that there is insufficient retention of existingtrees, contravening DM17 of the Local Plan, and inadequate replacement planting, incontravention of DM15 of the Local Plan. Further, both issues are contrary to BCS9 of the CoreStrategy.

It takes many decades for new planting to recover the amenity and ecological value of trees, andstill more decades to re-sequester carbon lost as a result of felling mature trees. For this reason,retention of trees is essential.

Where this is not possible, replacement trees should be of native species with large stature andlong lived, and aimed at recovering lost canopy by the target date set by Bristol City Council fordoubling of Bristol's tree cover. To not do so would undermine the policy set out in the One CityPlan.

The suggestion that a line of mature Cupressus trees should be regarded as a hedge reveals theattitude the developers have to green infrastructure. Whether these are called a hedge or a line oftrees is not relevant to their actual status. Use of the Bristol Tree Forum Carbon Calculator, whichalso acts as a surrogate for canopy, amenity and ecological value, sets the replacement of thesetrees at a rate of 6 trees for each felled tree on the basis of recovering tree cover by 2046.Irrespective of the semantics, this should be the replacement rate, and is largely in line with theBTRS. The new site has more caravan berths than does the existing site at Baltic Wharf. If thenumber of berths is reduced at the new site to reflect the number at the old site, there would besufficient space for additional planting "in situ".

on 2020-10-15   SUPPORT

This would be a great asset to Bristol when the other club site closes.People would visit and spend money in the area helping the local community.My experience as a motor home traveller has always been good and the interaction with the localcommunity has always been a positive thingWould be a shame for Bristol to loose the CMC and its customers to the city

on 2020-10-10   SUPPORT

As a long serving member of The Caravan Club (CAMC) I wholly support thisdevelopment. I have visited Bristol many times and used the current camp site at Bristol Wharf. Ifthis proposal goes ahead, I would be a regular visitor to Bristol and stay at this site. We wouldmostly walk to the places we want to visit but would also use public transport to go shopping andentertainment further afield.

Bill Clark

on 2020-09-28   SUPPORT

Bristol needs a new Caravan Club Site and this location would be ideal walking distanceto the centre.The old site was too small and over booked.

on 2020-09-28   SUPPORT

Bristol needs a new Caravan Club Site and this location would be ideal walking distanceto the centre.The old site was too small and over booked.

on 2020-09-01   SUPPORT

Due to the imminent closure of the Caravan Club site at Baltic Wharf, there is adesperate need for alternative accommodation for visitors to our city within a short distance of thecentre. This will provide a welcome boost to the local economy at the present time, due to thespend that these visitors bring. The Caravan Club have a first class reputation for theadministration of their sites and we can be 100% confident that they will run this site, and theprocess of flood management and procedures, in an equally efficient way. I would like to give thisapplication my full support,Paul Brewer B.Arch (Hons); Dip Arch RWA; ARIBA.

on 2020-08-31   SUPPORT

I am fully supportive of this proposal and welcome such a positive use of this site.

on 2020-08-30   SUPPORT

This is a great idea for the site. It is an environmentally friendly use of the location whichwill promote tourism in Bristol thus supporting its economy.

on 2020-08-29   SUPPORT

Think it is a poor decision to close the existing site but the alternative looks ok. I believethis a needed asset without such a place it is unlikely that my wife and I would have visited this cityearlier this year where we spent a fair amount of cash in local cafes, museums and restaurantsover a couple of days. It is great pity more towns and cities do not offer something similar evenbasic facilities like the French aires.

on 2020-08-29   SUPPORT

Bristol has a special place in my heart. My grandparents were bombed out of theirhouse at the back of Baltic Wharf during W11. We frequently use the existing caravan site to visitour favourite City and strongly support this application.

on 2020-08-28   OBJECT

The current site has the perfect location. It is always fully booked. Being a an incredibleamount of alternative tourist income to this area of Bristol. The space is compact. Cannot bringsmuch income in the long run to that area. Especially if you simply sell it to builders. Poor decisionas always.

on 2020-08-28   SUPPORT

on 2020-08-28   SUPPORT

It is surely a good thing to encourage visitors to Bristol and a camp site in the heart ofthe city is to be welcomed. Not all visitors can afford hotels.The present site unfortunately is going to be redeveloped and the proposed new site will offer agood alternative. The piece of land they have purchased is virtually unused since the Policehorses and dogs moved out and this proposal brings the land back into use and gives visitors andnice location to stay in our city.

on 2020-08-06   SUPPORT

I am writing in support of this application.

The Baltic Wharf Caravan site has been a very popular all year round tourist venue for many yearsbringing in £1.5 million to the local economy every year.

It would be somewhat shortsighted of the Planning Deprtment to ignore this much needed incomeespecially in these challenging times when it it safer to stay in the UK than go abroad.

The proposed site, to me, seems an ideal solution for the Caravan Club who obviously want toremain in the city with all the local amenities of Ashton Court, river walks etc. Preparation of thesite would provide employment and revenue to local traders.

I hope that my comments will be taken into consideration before the meeting and the applicationthat has been submitted is passed without any objections.

on 2020-08-05   SUPPORT

It is vital that Bristol has a replacement central site for the Caravan and MotorhomeClub. Failure to do so will result in visitors looking for alternative sites to visit in other cities andlocations.

We must continue to provide visitors with a wide range of facilities and experiences that are fittingof a leading cultural city to drive economic growth.

on 2020-08-05   SUPPORT

Bristol and the surrounding area desperately needs a decent camping and caravan site,and having recently lost the one at Baltic Wharf, this is an excellent alternative.

Not all visitors to the city will want to stay in hotels and B&Bs, and the provision of a camping andcaravan site close to the city centre with good transport links is vital for the tourism, shopping anda large number of businesses that rely on the visitor economy.

on 2020-07-22   SUPPORT

In my role of Chief Executive of Destination Bristol, I would like to confirm my support for thisapplication.

There are significant financial benefits for Bristol due to the year round supply of visitors to theircurrent caravan site.

We know that the current Bristol site at Baltic Wharf has been one of the most popular andsuccessful central sites in the UK.

The imminent closure of the existing site has become even more important following COVID-19.The national interest in camping and caravanning has risen out of all proportion.

The closure of the current site is happening at a time when Bristol needs to send a really positivemessage to potential visitors and we must support the new application. Relocation in the nearfuture is critical.

To recover effectively post COVID-19 is going to be incredibly difficult for our sector, we need togive as much support as we can.

It is vital that Bristol has a replacement central site for the Caravan and Motorhome Club. Failureto do so will result in visitors looking for alternative sites to visit in other cities and locations.

The proposed new site is relatively close to Ashton Court, Clifton, Harbourside and the city centre

and will allow easy access to Bristol's long list of great attractions.

Bristol needs to be sure that all aspects of the tourism sector are adequately provided for andDestination Bristol fully support this application. John Hirst: July 22 2020

on 2020-07-17   SUPPORT

Statement of support for the proposed change of use from training centre to touring caravan siteApplication Reference 20/01930/FBristol Chambers of Commerce & Initiative at Business West is the main business representation and leadership organisation for the West of England with over 22,000 members from the smallest to the largest businesses. As a business organisation we are not representing any specific business interests or sector, but are writing to strongly support this application based on our independent view of the long term economic interests of the region and the whole spectrum of businesses and employers who operate here. We jointly own and run Destination Bristol, the destination management and tourism organisation for the city and wider region, and so directly understand and recognise the importance of our visitor economy to the city.We recognise that this is an important application for Bristol that will bring c.£1-£1.5million of spend pa into the local economy. Following Bristol City Council's decision to serve notice on the club's existing site on Bristol's Harbourside there is a need to ensure that the city, as part of its offer to visitors, retains this facility in a quite central, but also discrete, location. We are aware that there is strong support for the application with many letters of support received, most notably from the SS Great Britain, Bristol Civic Society and site neighbours.The existing caravan site at Baltic Wharf has proven over many years to be an important, high performing asset for Bristol's visitor economy, enabling visitors to stay in walking distance of the city centre and thus providing significant levels of custom for local businesses. It has played a part of the regeneration and enhancement of Bristol's Harbourside, now such a jewel for our city, enabling more and more people to live, work, visit and enjoy the city. The importance of locating such a site centrally is evident when looking at the comments on this planning application from those who regularly

stay at the Baltic Wharf site and is reflected in the consistently high levels of occupation of the site. As the existing site is being redeveloped by Bristol City Council it is important that an alternative is provided close to the city centre or we risk losing such visitors and the benefits that they bring to our local economy. Further to that, JLL's comprehensive site search for the caravan club showed there are no other suitable options.There is no obvious better use for the Clanage Road site and if refused the site will continue to be a problem in terms of attracting anti-social behaviour, thereby creating an ongoing eye sore for the city as well as a lost opportunity.We consider the site to be very well positioned and suitable for this use as it is close to both the city centre the countryside, in a discreet position, is easily accessed from the motorway network without needing visitors to access or drive through the city centre, and replaces a vacant eye sore that is currently creating a negative visual impact on the Greenbelt and the setting of Ashton Court. We feel that the use as a caravan site, with the proposed landscaping, will considerably improve the character and appearance of the area compared to its current condition. Indeed, visitors will be very well placed to visit many parts of the city by foot, bicycle and by Metrobus. We have noted with the applicant that there has been a material change in the context of the application since the previous refused application in 2016 and we are satisfied that they have addressed the reasons for the previous refusal. To be more specific, the access, green belt, heritage and flood risk issues are ones we believe the applicant has suitably addressed in the application. We consider that the very substantial social and economic case for this application will help strengthen the city's economy,offering an important facility for visitors on a brownfield site and thus that this application should be given consent to proceed.At a time of huge challenge to our local and national economy as a consequence of the impact of Covid-19 it is very important that Bristol and its local economy is able to move forward and enable investment into areas of growth. Our visitor economy is very much part of this and this replacement site for the caravan club will enable the city to offer visitors to the city a very good solution in a very well placed location.On behalf of the business and employer community of the city and wider region we strongly encourage this application to be brought forward to the planning committee and given consent.

on 2020-07-07   SUPPORT

Always enjoy our visits to Bristol.

on 2020-07-06   SUPPORT

This is such a wonderful new use for this parcel of land. It will encourage club membersto visit the city and make responsible use of the sights and activities this offers. An asset to the cityto have such a high quality resource available.

on 2020-07-06   SUPPORT

With the impending loss of the current council owned site that the Caravan andMotorhome club lease at Baltic Wharf, it makes perfect sense to pass this application which willstill allow visitors old and new to take advantage of being able to easily access the harbour andother tourist attractions that the city has to offer either on foot, by cycle or easily accessible publictransport. Anyone who has visited or tried to book a space at the present site at Baltic Wharf willbe aware of just how popular this area is for tourists to the city and that is because of it's closeproximity to the above mentioned attractions.

on 2020-07-06   SUPPORT

I am a member of the Caravan and Motorhome Club who has in the past visited Bristol and would like to do so again in the future and I write in supportof the proposal. Having read the consultees' responses, the objectionsraised are in my view flimsy and should not prevent a development of what will be an asset to Bristol. The only causes for concern that I can appreciate is that of the site flooding and the movement of slow vehicles on to and off site via a busy main road.

The existing site at Baltic Wharf is also liable to flooding to a similar degree as the proposed new site so why should this now be a reason to refuse development of a new site. The Club is well used to managing sites liable to flooding and will be putting in place emergency exits and evacuation procedures just in case. I have experienced these procedures while staying at their York site and they work well. I have no qualms about staying on such sites managed by the Caravan and Motorhome Club.

With regard to the movement of vehicles, nearly all departures and arrivals will be outside of peak traffic times. Once on site it is unlikely residents will use their vehicles because of the site's proximity to the city centre and the availability of a cycle/walking route and public transport. I note the sighting distances for a vehicle leaving the site are in dispute. Surely these can be independently verified but even if shorter than those claimed, a vehicle speeding at 40 m.p.h. along Clanage Road has a stopping distance of 40 yards and there should be ample distance to avoid accidents. There is no real substance to the other objections and if the Bristol Council wants to retain a touring site which will bring income to the area throughout the year and will be constructed in keeping with the environment, this application should be approved.

I am withholding my full name and address for security reasons but still hope you will take these views into consideration.

Peter D

on 2020-07-04   SUPPORT

I would like to speak in favour of this planning application. At the outset I should pointout that I am not a resident of Bristol but we have visited several times in the past staying at theBaltic Wharf campsite so I speak from a visitor perspective. Bristol is almost unique in having acampsite so close to the Centre. Whilst it is a shame that Baltic Wharf has to close I am surprisedthe Bristol Authorities are not more supportive of a campsite on the Clanage Road site. Without acampsite within easy access of Bristol City Centre it is unlikely that we will visit Bristol again. I amsure this will apply to many other previous users of Baltic Wharf. I am sure Bristol would survivewithout a campsite however the potential loss of over 22000 site nights is worthy of considerationas the majority of those site nights won't be made up by using other forms of accommodation andthe resulting loss of trade to local businesses. This is a wonderful opportunity not only for Bristolbut also for those of us that wish to visit the City in our leisure vehicles.

I do find some of the objections by officials to this planning application rather spurious, I think youhave to consider the real world rather than unprovable what if's? Take flooding as an example. Iimagine any risk of major flooding would not come without warning? In York there is campsitealongside the River Ouse which floods regularly. There has never been any difficulty evacuatingthe campsite. That evacuation takes place through a far more difficult urban environment than thecampsite in this planning application. I am a bit puzzled why the emergency services would needaccess? At the time of a flooding alarm the site staff would immediately set evacuation procedurein place and every unit would be required to leave the site, day or night.

Moving on to traffic concerns. Clanage Road appears to be quite a minor road. I fully accept thatduring rush hours the road is busy. However this would not be the time that leisure vehicles wouldbe arriving and departing from the campsite. Surely events at the nearby Cricket Club and Ashton

Court put a far greater strain on the local road system? Given that there are good transport linksfrom near the site most campers will either walk or take the bus into the City further reducingvehicle movement in and out of the site. The sites location also has the advantage that, comparedto Baltic Wharf, less traffic will need to venture further into the City Centre.

Finally on the aspect of the impact of the visual environment. Surely a campsite is going to be amassive improvement on state of the current undeveloped site? The proposed campsite is notoverlooked by any housing and sufficient screening will hide most of the site from view. I don'tquite understand how it will impact on the Clifton area and the Suspension Bridge? Where doesthe Senior Conservation Architect think someone would be positioned for the proposed campsiteto interfere with the view, at least without a powerful pair of binoculars?

on 2020-07-03   SUPPORT

We have stayed at the Caravan Club Baltic Wharfe site many times to visit Bristol, andalways enjoy our stay, spending time in the City Centre and local attractions. We are disappointedthat Baltic Wharfe Caravan site is closing later this year, but really pleased to hear that areplacement site is proposed within walking distance of Baltic Wharfe. Therefore my wife and Iformally wish to support the proposal by the Caravan and Motorhome Club to create a newcaravan park at Clanage Road Bristol. It will undoubtedly be a significant benefit to the tourismand economy of Bristol.Kind RegardsRobert and Carol Williams

on 2020-07-03   SUPPORT

As a motorhomer and member of the Caravan Club, I fully support this application. Asite close to the centre of Bristol is agreat asset to the city and the visitors using the site bring much to the economy by the use ofshops, restaurants, entertainment venues, the arts, etc (witnessed by the success of the existingsite on Cumberland Road).This is an ideal location for this site, being close enough to the city to walk, cycle or bus, but alsoon the edge of the built uparea so that visitors can access the site easily.

I am of the opinion that this type of development would be an asset to the local community.

on 2020-07-02   SUPPORT

I fully support this application. As a visitor to the current site in Baltic Wharf I can seethe value of this site to the local economy bringing paying visitors into the City spending locally intourist attractions, pubs, restaurants and shopping centres.

The club are used to sites near rivers and managing flood risk as they have other sites in York,Hawes and other areas close to rivers etc. so can see the changes made to allow a safe site to beoperated.

As a gateway to the south west this would be a true feather in the cities cap.

on 2020-07-02   SUPPORT

We have visited Bristol many times and used the Baltic Wharf club site with our caravanI very much support the planning application because we have noted the site of where the clubwant to relocate ,It seems ideal and still would mean not having to use our car to visit the city centre

on 2020-06-24  

Thank you for your consultation regarding the above application.

Something needs to be done with the former police training ground and we welcome applicationsfor its redevelopment that are sensitive to its rural setting and Green Belt designation. Thelandscape and lighting proposals for this application seem favourable in this regard.

What I am not so sure about are the traffic aspects. The highways report is (dare I say it?) a littleflippant on some points - for example on access to the site being 'perfect' (my word) because thesite lies on an A road from the M5 etc. The report does what it can with simulated traffic flow data(not ideal but better than nothing) but makes no mention whatsoever of safety aspects. Itacknowledges that the A369 Clanage Road is busy and that traffic exceeds the 30 mph speed limitin both directions, on average. It makes no mention that Rownham Hill on the A369 southbound issteep and asks us to accept that everything will be ok because Caravan Club members aremeticulous (I'm sure they are) and won't be travelling at peak times.

My over-riding concerns are of towed vehicles coming down Rownham Hill, trying to turn left into asite just off a blind bend and others coming from the south trying to turn across speeding trafficcoming from that direction. I would ask Bristol / S Glos Highways, please to make sure that theyare both happy with the proposals because the highways report provides little comfort to me onthese aspects.

on 2020-06-23  

As a resident of Bower Ashton I think this is a good use of this site, however I haveconcerns about caravan access as the entrance will be relatively close to the bottom of RownhamHill which is a steep hill progressing downwards towards the site, including one sharp bend, andanother just before the road levels, not far from the proposed entrance. I would personally be veryconcerned about taking a caravan down Rownham Hill (and have never done so with ours). I amconcerned about vehicles towing caravans having to slow shortly after the bend at the bottom ofthe steep hill to take the turn into the site, and also about the same vehicles needing to pull outswiftly onto the road at this point.Also, from a traffic point of view the roundabout at Blackmoors Lane gets very quickly blockedwhen there is any change to the traffic flow, which can significantly add to exit times for localresidents from Bower Ashton accessing the roundabout as well as backing up the traffic in thearea.

I would like to see that something is done to address these traffic issues, especially the safety atthe bottom of Rownham Hill.

on 2020-06-23  

We have a concern that in order to ensure safety that the site and its access mayrequire further lighting. Given that this is an area of the city that it accustomed to less light pollutionwe would not wish to see this changed.

However, we do realise that the Caravan Club site needs to find a new home in Bristol if it cannotbe allowed to stay in its current location and would be happy to see it on this site.

It would also be preferable to be able to reuse the current structures rather than build new.

on 2020-06-19   SUPPORT

Bristol Civic Society supports the proposal. We suggest that the applicants do all theycan to encourage those who stay at the site to use public transport, cycling and walking as muchas possible to access the city.

on 2020-06-19  

My main concern of this site is the access point for the caravans and the gradient of thehill coming down towards it. Is this safe entrance point ?

on 2020-06-15   SUPPORT

I fully support this application. I think a caravan site close to the center of Bristol is agreat asset to the city and the tourists using the site bring much to the economy of the area as hasbeen proved by the success of the existing site on Cumberland Road which this application plansto replace.This is an ideal location for this type of facility being close to the city but on the edge of the built uparea so that visitors can access the site easily and while in Bristol would be able to easilywalk/cycle into the city center.I am of the opinion that this type of development is idealy suited to this site.

on 2020-06-10   SUPPORT

I support this development at that site. It is really nice to see that the land will be utilisedfor something other than developer profit. There should be more utilisation of the surrounding areafor sustainable, low rise, community based developments such as this as apposed to high risebuildings.

The only thing I would like to suggest is that they plant trees aroundthe boundaries to hide thedevelopment and to replace some of the mature trees that will be removed.

on 2020-06-08   SUPPORT

Seems to be a good location for a caravan site and I'd much prefer this type ofdevelopment than some of the enormous monstrosities that have been proposed elsewherenearby. It would also make the area less vulnerable to vagrancy.

on 2020-06-08   SUPPORT

I write on behalf of the SS Great Britain Trust (SSGB)to express strong support for theplanning application to convert the old Police Horse training centre into a new home for the Bristolcaravan site. SSGB believes that the applicant has now addressed the reasons for the previousrefusal of an application in 2016, and we can now support this application wholeheartedly.The SSGB plays an important part of the cultural life of Bristol as a major tourist destination, and ithas long been clear to us that the Baltic Wharf caravan site is a highly significant driver of touristvisits to the city centre in a sustainable way, and for people of many differing backgrounds. A highquality caravan site within easy walking of the city centre is a virtually unique asset to Bristol andits visitors and should be strongly encouraged for its social and economic benefits to the city. Wewere sorry to hear that the Baltic Wharf site must be redeveloped, and have argued strongly that asuitable alternate site is a very important part of the visitor economy for the city. This derelict siteon Clanage Road is that site, and it offers sustainable and readily accessible travel to the SSGBand on to the city centre.In our view the benefits of the proposals significantly outweigh any negative impacts, andfurthermore now result in an overall improvement in the character and appearance of this area ofGreen Belt. We believe it will enhance the area and will help define clearly the green edge of thebuilt up area of the city as it transitions to the countryside and Ashton Court.

on 2020-06-06  

I'm a bit concerned about access to the site. Is it safe for cars pulling caravans to comedown or travel up Rownham Hill? It's over 15% gradient in parts with some significant bends.