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Bristol set to accept need for tall buildings

Bristol is expected to formally adopt a Tall Building Policy that will set out where in the city towers will be acceptable to planners.

The move - scheduled for tomorrow - represents a radical shift for Bristol as it has traditionally been considered a low-rise city.

The supplementary planning document was compiled in response to sudden recent growth in urban regeneration and increased investment in commercial property in Broadmead, Temple Quay and Harbourside.

In proposing the policy planners said that tall buildings are increasingly a feature of applications. They believe it is essential that there is clearer policy guidance reflecting the views of local people.

Richard Pyle, Bristol's executive member for the environment, transport and leisure, said recent consultation had revealed support for new tall buildings in Bristol as long as they are well designed, sustainable, distinctive and sensitive to the urban landscape.

'Clear and consistent guidance on the design and location of tall buildings in our city is to be welcomed,' he said.

'This has been a very successful project in terms of generating public debate about tall buildings and I am pleased that officers have listened to and heeded the views of residents,' Pyle added.

by Ed Dorrell

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