Note: It’s important that groups and individuals also submit responses, highlighting specific aspects relevant to their neighbourhoods. The ABC draft may provide useful points, but please ensure you turn this into your own words. The deadline for responses is 24 May 19. To respond, email: email@example.com
Make it clear which proposal you are commenting on by quoting the reference number. Please note your name (or name of your organisation) and comments may be made publicly available. Please be aware a couple of additional points have come to light which you may wish to consider in your groups response:
UOB have NOT provided formal assurance that their increase in student numbers will mainly be 1 year Masters students, and the increase COULD be in the undergraduate population, therefore despite the increases in purpose built student accommodation this would only just cover first year students requirements and NOT account for the additional accommodation needed to cover 2nd and 3rd year requirements which could put further pressure on housing throughout the city and lead to conversion of more family homes to HMOs.
The ABC response will be updated to state that the comments are predicated on the assumption that most or all of the UoB growth will be one-year Masters students who will live in specialist student accommodation. If this is not the case the local plan controls suggested within the review do not address the negative impact the increase in 2nd, 3rd and 4th year students will have on the housing and rental market throughout the city (because of the lack of controls for house conversions to flats, etc).
London Mayor Sadiq Kahn has called for on the government to introduce a simple registration system for landlords who wish to let out property for more than 90 days a year (i.e. short lets). This system would allow local councils to enforce the 90 day rule and help them understand the balance between permanent housing and short term lets. See https://www.planningportal.co.uk/news/article/632/planning_news_-_2_may_2019#five for further details. This is a simple solution that supports the recommendation made within the ABC response to understand this housing type.
Action for Balanced Communities
Action for Balanced Communities Bristol (ABC) is a constituted partnership of residents, community and amenity groups across the city. Our current member groups are: Chandos Neighbourhood Association; Clifton Down Community Association; Clifton & Hotwells Improvement Society; Hampton Park and Cotham Hill Community Group; Highbury Residents Association; High Kingsdown Residents Association; Hotwells and Cliftonwood Community Association; Kingsdown Conservation Group; Oakfield Residents Association; The Panoramic Management Bristol Limited; Park Row Management Limited; Redland & Cotham Amenity Society; Richmond Area Residents Association; Totterdown Residents Environmental and Social Action community interest company.