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One of Bristol’s “planning disasters” set for radical overhaul

An area of Bristol described as a “disaster” could be redeveloped into a large student development should councillors agree with plans submitted.

The redevelopment of a run-down street in Bristol could see brand new student accommodation, shops, bars and restaurants in its place.

Nelson Street, home to New Bridewell Police Station, will undergo a major overhaul if plans are given the go ahead when presented to councillors.

The plans would see the headquarters and two concrete footbridges demolished, to be replaced by 507 student flats, a central courtyard and 6,577 sq ft of commercial space.

Bristol University backs the proposals, despite several other similar schemes being completed in recent years.

More than 50,000 students are based in the city across its two universities and a spokesman for Bristol University said the redevelopment would be “a valuable addition to the stock of purpose-built student accommodation in the city”.

Meanwhile, the Bristol Civic Society described the plans as an “excellent opportunity to mitigate one of the city’s worst planning disasters”.

Building firm Watkins Jones have developed the scheme, which will see the old police station replaced with a multi-storey glass tower block built with vertical yellow stripes running from top to bottom.

In addition, a pedestrianised public square would link Nelson Street and Rupert Street, a proposal stemming from a council-led review into the area last year which identified ways of improving the area.

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