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(Insider Media Ltd) Vacant industrial site regeneration nears

Thursday 13 October 2016

David Casey
A former industrial complex in Bristol which closed almost a decade ago with 350 redundancies is set for a new lease of life as councillors prepare to approve outline proposals to build more than 100 houses. The regeneration of the former Brooks Laundry complex in St Werburghs is being brought forward by landowner Folland Ltd.

Its application is to construct 102 residential properties alongside 10,000 sq ft of commercial or community space on the 3.8-acre site.

The land has lain vacant since the four companies which formed part of the linen and workwear firm Brooks Service Group entered administration in February 2007 as the recession took hold, with approximately 900 job losses in total. The site has been used for industrial purposes since the late 19th century, but has fallen into disrepair since the insolvency of its former tenant. A report to go before Bristol City Council's planning committee next Wednesday (19 October 2016) has recommended that councillors give their support to the regeneration scheme, subject to the provision of 24 affordable houses. It said: "While it is unfortunate that some of the heritage assets will be impacted by the development, it is considered that the benefits will outweigh this." The report added that it would be "desirable" to retain some of the historic buildings, but acknowledged that this would "impact on the overall viability of the scheme". Despite the recommendation for approval, a series of objections have been received with concerns about the lack of provision for local amenities and a loss of character to the area.

DJ Foley Property Consultants, JLL and Ferguson Mann Architects are working on the project. Image credit: Folland Ltd


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