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Rejected St Pauls student housing plans given the go-ahead by council

image of design for new student flats in St Pauls
AWW architects and Watkin Jones Group

Housing for 345 students is set to be built in St Paul’s after a developer whose plans were rejected by Bristol City council appealed the decision and won.

The Watkins Jones Group applied to turn a warehouse space, two car parks, a commercial printers and an art and dance studio next to Wilder Street into three student blocks stretching from three to six-storeys high.

Its proposals were rejected by a Bristol City Council planning committee over fears that the development would open the “floodgates” to students in the area close to Stokes Croft.

The Watkins Jones Group appealed the decision made by elected councillors in September 2018.

Following the appeal, a government planning inspector ruled in the developer’s favour.

Inspector Brendan Lyons, who visited the site in July, said in is decision, despite fears, the development will not contribute to any "overt forms of detrimental effect on local amenity such as refuse and waste, poorly maintained buildings and grounds, and noise and disturbance”.

However, Labour councillor, Don Alexander, said he was "disappointed" by the planning inspector’s decision.

The inspector has invited the developer to seek and agree on costs with the council.

Uber drivers to use new waiting zone at airport

A woman finding an Uber taxi on her phone
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Uber drivers will be required to use a new waiting zone at Bristol Airport from next month.

The new area will be located off the A38 roundabout, which serves the Silver Zone car park.

It means drivers can only be dispatched to the airport to pick up passengers if they are in the waiting zone.

It's hoped it will reduce the number of taxis parking in lanes and laybys in nearby villages.