Last chance for a say over extra storeys on flats block

October 27 2020

The planning application to build two extra storeys on top of an existing three storey block of flats in Grange Court Road is likely to be decided by a committee of councillors.
Councillor Steve Smith writes in his column this month: “We are still waiting for confirmation but as I write it seems likely that the Council’s planning department is not going to reject this awful proposal.
“If you agree with us that it shouldn’t go ahead, you can help by sending in a “Public Forum” statement to the meeting.  Even if you have already responded to the planning application it is important that you comment again for this meeting.”
As reported in the Henleaze and Westbury Voice last month, the site owner of Grange Court flats, ERE LLP, is seeking confirmation whether prior approval is required for a proposed development of a two storey upward extension of the existing building on Grange Court Road, which will add 14 new three-bed dwellings onto the detached block of 21 two-bed flats, making it by far the highest building in the area.
New regulations came into effect at the beginning of August which introduced permitted development rights allowing construction on existing blocks of flats. This development is one of the first proposals to be made under the legislation.
Councillor columns: Page 39