Small Bristol group sees off big developer
tony at tlio.org.uk
Sat Jun 30 14:35:28 BST 2007
Small Bristol group sees off Big Developer
by chocolate rabbit - Greenbank Chocolate Box Tuesday, Jun 26 2007,
[click the link above for pictures]
Campaign for sustainability and community values succeeds!
A Public Inquiry has decided in favour of a community group
The gates are open for green developers to come in with proposals to
redevelop the Elizabeth Shaw chocolate factory, alongside the Bristol-
Bath cycle path in Greenbank, Bristol.
Local people have successfully campaigned to stop development giant
Persimmon getting their hands on the site, demolishing the buildings,
replacing them with shoebox houses and flats and moving on with a
huge profit in their hands - all without considering the needs of the
planet or the community.
A Public Inquiry held earlier this month saw Persimmon's heavyweight
barrister Christopher Lockhart Mummery, QC trying to put forward the
case for big profits against the arguments put forward by two
opposing parties: on the one hand Greenbank Chocolate Box community
group representatives: on the other, Bristol City Council's planning
and employment officers and the Council's junior barrister.
Local architect George Ferguson assured the Planning Inspector that
if he dismissed the appeal thereby refusing planning permission, he
was in very close communication with two alternative developers who
were keen to bid for the site and develop it according to sustainable
One of the main reasons the Planning Inspector dismissed the appeal
was that the case had been made for mixed use of the site, providing
much needed employment to local people.
The local community is delighted at the news and looks forward to
working for a brighter future for the people of Easton and the
surrounding area, users of the Bristol-Bath railway path, and for
other groups who dare to challenge the big developers.
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