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Bristol rejects Arup's Canon's Marsh scheme

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The Bristol public has delivered a stinging condemnation of Crest Nicholson's proposals for the controversial Canon's Marsh site. At a public meeting on Monday evening organised by the Friends of Canon's Marsh, a coalition of amenity groups, those attending passed overwhelmingly a vote of no confidence in the Crest Nicholson scheme.

'There were only about two who voted against the motion,' said George Ferguson, promoter of the alternative Bristol Venice scheme (shown below), 'and about 20 abstentions.' The meeting was attended by 350 people, with another 100 turned away. Ferguson presented his alternative scheme, but no representative of Crest Nicholson came to argue the case for its proposals, designed by Arup Associates with Richard Burton of abk.

'I don't understand any developer or architect hiding their scheme,' said Ferguson. He said that 'nobody in the City except the odd old Modernist and those with a vested interest is supporting the scheme.' Ferguson also said he is now confident that Bristol council's planning committee will turn down the Crest Nicholson scheme when it considers it at the beginning of December.

The council turned down an earlier scheme by Arup Associates in the spring, despite the recommendation of its officers that it should be approved. It then produced a list of 10 issues to be addressed, and the new scheme from Crest takes those into account. However the Cathedrals Fabric Commission, one of the main objectors to the original scheme, has also objected to the revised scheme on the grounds of unacceptable bulk and unsatisfactory vistas of the cathedral.

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