Portland Square, Bristol

July 20, 2005 9:01 am Published by

We have recently been instructed by the Portland and Brunswick Square Association to object to a planning application for residential development at Portland Square, Bristol.

The Association represents the businesses and residents who work and live in Portland/Brunswick Squares and their surrounding streets. It works in close association with other local interests groups such as St Pauls Unlimited, the Pierian Centre and Montpelier Conservation Group.

Portland Square is one of the most complete Georgian Squares in England. The site did suffer bomb damage during World War II which resulted in the loss of numbers 29 and 30 together with the construction of the existing post war buildings on the site that date from the war.

The Association welcomes restoration of the Grade I listed buildings and sympathetic reconstruction of the gap site. However, they are particularly concerned with the development proposed to the side facing Surrey Street and rear where modern blocks of apartments are proposed together with an underground car park.

Strong objections to the developer proposals have also been submitted by English Heritage. A public inquiry is likely to take place following a previous decision to refuse planning permission.