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Bristol hospital flats plan: Application to be resubmitted

Bristol General Hospital by City & Country Group
Image caption Developers want to convert the grade II listed site into 190 flats and 10 commercial units

Developers behind a failed bid to turn the former Bristol General Hospital building into flats are to resubmit a planning application.

City & Country Group wants to convert the grade II listed site in Guinea Lane into 190 flats and 10 commercial units.

A planning application was refused in August after Bristol City Council said the company needed to make more of a contribution to the community.

The council has now agreed to take the application to an independent review.

Prior to the original application being submitted, the local authority said in order to go ahead with the development, City & Country should provide £1.2m in community contributions - known as a Section 106 agreement.

'Absolutely delighted'

The company said it could not afford the amount due to the scheme's size.

After the planning application was refused, City & County planned to appeal, but the local authority have now agreed to an independent review to decide how much the Section 106 payment should be.

City & Country managing director Helen Moore said she was "absolutely delighted".

Mrs Moore added that if an agreement can be reached, then the application can be put to the planning committee in October.

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