DLP, working in conjunction with several local architects, has supported local developer, Sampson Homes, in bringing forward projects across the city of Bristol. These each faced the difficulty of responding to local character, constrained locations and sometimes competing local policy expectations.
A prime example is the redevelopment of the derelict Grove Hall to create eight self-contained flats. While the Hall was not in a protected area, DLP anticipated local resistance to the proposed removal of a former place of worship, which was also contrary to policy.
Robust planning arguments were presented justifying its loss and a full planning application submitted, later supplemented with a daylight/sunlight report. Of the public comments received, the majority were supportive of the sensitive design and the removal of a building which had attracted anti-social behaviour. Pre-commencement conditions have since been discharged by DLP, and building work is ongoing.
Underutilised employment land is another focus for Sampson Homes and DLP successfully obtained full planning permission for the demolition and replacement of B2 employment space with two commercial units and five self-contained flats in Kingswood, Bristol. The existing unit was in poor condition and as set out in DLP’s economic statement, unsuitable for modern use without significant investment.
The site’s redevelopment for new retail space was fully supported by the local planning authority, recognising the benefits of an active ground floor use and new homes. DLP is delighted to have been involved in regenerating this site, which is due to open in 2020, bringing enhanced vibrancy to a busy high street and new homes for local people.
After achieving outline planning permission for a scheme of nine self-contained flats in July 2019, DLP was instructed to submit a full application for an enlarged scheme of ten flats, which recently obtained planning permission.
As its location fronts a prominent highway and backs onto local green space, DLP undertook sensitive negotiations with the local planning authority on the elevational treatments and landscaping finishes, delivering a contemporary scheme with a mix of public and private space.