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(Bristol 247) Landmark chimney set to fall

Thursday 27 October 2016

The chimney at the former Brooks dye works in St Werburgh’s looks likely to be pulled down after the council gave consent to early plans for more than 100 new homes. Councillors voted to support a blueprint for 81 houses and 21 flats on the industrial site which has been abandoned since 2007. The application comes with 20 per cent affordable homes, well below the council’s guideline policy of 40 per cent. When the plans were first submitted, Bristol24/7 reported there were no zero affordable homes. The proposals have been made as an outline planning application - which means the landowner is seeking approval for the project in general terms, with the details to be agreed upon at a later date when a developer submits the final application.

Now that the outline planning application has been successful, it is likely to make the land more valuable and easier to sell to prospective developers and investors. There is no timeline as yet for building work to start Local campaigners from the Brooks Planning Group objected to destroying the chimney and added that they could not support the application at this stage as the full details had not been submitted. The plans have been put forward on behalf of the landowner (Folland Limited) by Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL). The designs have been drawn up by Ferguson Mann Architects, a firm founded by city mayor George Ferguson which he stepped away from when he became mayor in 2012.


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