Better Designs for St-Mary-le-Port in Castle Park Calls Petition

A petition has been set up against the plans for the development at St Mary-le-Port church in Castle Park

A campaigner is calling on Bristol City Council to reject the current development plans for the St Mary-le-Port Church in Castle Park.

Zachary Barker has set up a petition stating that the proposed new buildings ‘specifically buildings A and B, will obstruct the public viewing of the St Mary Le Port Church tower.’ He also says that the design of the buildings are ‘not sympathetic’ to wider area of Castle Park.

Plans have been submitted to demolish the existing Bank of England House, Bank House and Norwich Union House. These would be replaced with three new office buildings, food provision, potential cinema, events space as well as alterations and repairs to the church tower, ruins and High Street Vaults.

The plans have been met with mixed reaction on social media. Many welcome the development of the site, but are unhappy with the size and scale of the new plans, especially with so much space dedicated to offices.

Barker writes in his petition: ‘The petitioners recognise that the current site is in a state of disrepair and as such attracts anti-social behaviour. However, the petitioners assert that new developments in Bristol should not come at the expense of the city’s rich heritage.’

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