The ground floor of a live/work scheme in Bristol will be limited to employment uses due to flooding fears.
Bristol council’s planning committee has granted permission for the units in the teeth of officers’ recommendation that they should be rejected.
A report presented to the committee said that the site of the development on the north bank of the River Avon was not suitable for residential uses because it was prone to flooding.
However the committee was swayed by a presentation by the developer’s agent CSJ Planning, which highlighted neighbours’ concerns that if the site was not redeveloped it would fall into dereliction and become a magnet for anti-social behavior.
Under the plans, the live/work units will be housed in a Victorian chapel building on the site and in a neighbouring new build structure. The work element, covering 150 sq m in total, would be housed on the ground floors with the residential on top. The proposed development also contains five flats.
As one of the conditions for granting the development, the council has stipulated that the ground floors of the live/work units will be used for employment only.
The officers’ report raised concerns that such a condition could be enforced. 'There is a risk that the live element of the live/work unit would migrate onto the ground floor, particularly given the potential difficulties in accessing the ground floor for employment purposes, and would thus be at high risk of flooding.'
Read Bristol council report.