I'm bumping this again as I'm wondering what's happening? I notice that the site has been sold, and have no idea what amendments to the existing PP are planned, but I would imagine a scaled-down version of the original is in the offing.
As we know, part of the complex contains a substantial section of the old city wall and the original buildings are historic in nature, despite not being considered for entry to the record of protected structures.
I might seem slightly obsessed, considering I resurrected my own (old) thread but I had a walk around the site today, and having googled it, I came across this thread (having forgotten I'd even posted it)
My issue here is not necessarily the quality of the buildings, but more their place in the historic streetscape, the street-lines, the brickwork and the sensitivity to the overall area. I normally hate facade only retention, as I get a kick out of the interior layouts of old buildings more, but this is one stretch that could benefit from retaining as much of the fabric as possible, even if only the exterior.