Citizens, businesses, developers and community groups are being asked to help shape a proposed conservation area in the Silverthorne Lane area of the city as part of a public consultation over the next month.
It follows a character appraisal carried out by Bristol City Council to determine what makes up the special interest or character of Silverthorne Lane and warrants protection as part of a conservation area. Local people are being urged to comment on the range of this appraisal before the closure of the consultation on 19 February, with the boundaries of the area also up for discussion.
If the conservation area was established it would ensure Silverthorne Lane’s historic character was given proper consideration in future developments.
Councillor Nicola Beech, Bristol City Council’s Cabinet Lead for Spatial Planning and City Design, said: “Silverthorne Lane was an important part of Bristol’s industrial working-class history. Many Bristolians will still have memories of their grandparents and parents working in the Temple Meads area.
“As the plans for the Temple Quarter, one of the UK’s largest regeneration projects, begin to take shape it’s really important we consider how an area’s past can shape its future. Conservation areas can play a key role in protecting the historic fabric of a place and encourage a sensitive approach to regeneration.
“We’d like people to tell us whether we have considered and included everything in the character appraisal that makes this area special and should be preserved as part of a future conservation area.”
The area around Silverthorne Lane developed during the Industrial Revolution and by the 19th and early 20th century it was dominated by iron and gas industries. Elements of this industrial past including factory sites, warehouses and gateways still remain with many buildings listed on the National Heritage List.
The proposed conservation area is part of the Temple Quarter regeneration programme due to roll out over the next 25 years. It is bounded by the railway infrastructure of the mainline approach to Temple Meads to the north and the Floating Harbour and Feeder Road to the west and south and includes:
- The entrance to the St Philip’s Gas Works on Avon Street
- The view along the Feeder Canal
- Avonside Goods Warehouse and Coal Wharf on Avon Street
Following feedback the council hopes to adopt the new appraisal and conservation area by April 2021.
To find out more and share your views, please visit: https://bristol.citizenspace.com/city-design/silverthorne-lane
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