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Plans Submitted to Transform Former Bristol Cinema

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Plans have been put forward to develop a 19th century Bristol building into student accommodation and a retail unit.

The former cinema and nightclub could be transformed under plans submitted by Pegasus Group, on behalf of McLaren Property, which if approved will see the existing building being demolished to make way for the purpose-built student accommodation.

Consisting of a five-storey block, the development will accommodate 93 studio apartments designed for students and a 3,000 sq ft ground floor retail unit.

Following a consultation at the end of 2016 the original plans were scaled back from the initially proposed six storeys.

A similar application for student accommodation was granted planning consent in 2012, however the new scheme proposes a "more sensitive adaptation of the facade".

According to the planning statement submitted as part of the application, the proposed development builds upon the 2012 permitted scheme to deliver a preferable solution.

The application stated: "Specifically, they would secure a viable use comprising of further student accommodation while delivering improved heritage impacts.

"The proposed student use and small-scale retail unit is an ideal arrangement within this city centre location, where mixed-use proposals with active ground floor uses are to be encouraged."