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Huge Bristol Scheme Faces An Uphill Struggle

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A substantial block of student accommodation proposed for Bristol looks set to be denied planning permission.

The plans involved the development of seven tower blocks as part of a regeneration project in South Bristol. However, city council officers say the proposal would lead to an oppressive wall of development that would dominate neighbouring communities.

They have therefore advised the development control committee to reject the plans when they meet on September 4.

More than 130 objections have been lodged against the plans, with concerns raised over the height and density of the buildings, lack of amenity space and impact on traffic.

The vacant land is one of five sites identified by the council for regeneration in Bedminster Green.

Commenting on the proposed scheme, the council's city design group said: "The proposal raises significant design concerns and cannot be supported from a design perspective."

"The intensity of the development is so excessive that the height, scale and bulk of all blocks are unacceptable."

"The excessive intensity of development also affects important public realm urban design decisions and liveability considerations that make the scheme impossible to support."

Despite the objections, the scheme has support from the University of Bristol, which worked with developers A2Domination on the plans.