Windmill Hill & Malago Community Planning Group (WHaM)
Next WHaM meeting: Monday 10 December, 8:30pm at Windmill Hill Community Centre.
Framework consultation events
The framework sets out the principles for a good quality new urban environment in the area. It must be agreed before planning applications for each site are considered.
Agreeing the right framework is vital for the future of Bedminster Green – make sure you have your say!
a2Dominion consultation event
Rollo Homes has sold the Pring site (Plot 1) to a2Dominion. The self-described ‘residential property group with a social purpose’ has announced a public consultation on new plans for the site. These include student accommodation (in collaboration with the University of Bristol), homes for social rent and, possibly, shared ownership accommodation. The flats will be in four separate blocks and include a mix of 1, 2 and (some) 3-bed homes.
A drop-in event was held at The Steam Crane on Wednesday 5 December – details will be available on their website soon.
200+ objections to 22-storey block
This will be the new view from Alfred Rd if developers’ latest planning application goes ahead.
Firmstone has put in a planning application for a major retail, residential and commercial development in several new blocks next to the refurbished block on St Catherine’s Place (Plot 2).
The application includes no affordable housing and has been made before the draft framework is agreed.
WHaM is co-ordinating a response – there have been over 200 objections from local residents already!
- See the planning application and make your comments now
- Read more about the proposed developments and see the plans (PDF)
- A landmark that will help to revive Bedminster – or a monstrosity that will deface it?
Dandara planning application expected
A planning application from Dandara for Plot 4 (Little Paradise) is expected in December 2018. Currently this includes a 16-storey block of 329 flats for rent and 84 car parking spaces. Dandara is also working with Urbis on high-rise housing plans for Plot 5, the Council-owned plot next to the station.
- See Dandara’s Little Paradise plans and make your comments
- Read Dandara’s ‘response to community feedback’ (PDF)
Urban Living SPD finalised
The final version of Urban Living was adopted by the Council in November 2018. Bedminster is named as an area with ‘significant potential for intensification’ and ‘optimising densities’.
Urban Living states that a tall building (10+ storeys) should not be located where it:
- hides or masks the topography of the city
- harms valued views from key vantage-points
- has a detrimental impact on the city’s historic environment
- has a significant negative impact on the amenity of nearby occupiers or on the public realm
Community reaction to the draft version was decisively against high-rise buildings but, although 37% of comments were from Bedminster residents, this is not reflected in the final document.
- Read the final version of the Urban Living SPD
- Read WHaM’s comments on the draft Urban Living document (PDF)
- Read Cllr Jon Wellington’s comments on the Urban Living SPD
WHaM’s response to developers
As well as commenting on planning applications, attending meetings and keeping the community informed, WHaM has responded to developers with a Planning Brief, based on extensive community consultation:
- Download WHaM’s Community Planning Brief (PDF)
- Read our guide to making an effective comment on a planning application
- Find out more about developers’ proposals for Bedminster Green
What is WHaM?
- WHaM is an open-membership group which provides a platform for residents, developers, Bristol City Council and other stakeholders to discuss planning proposals for the area. We are part of the Neighbourhood Planning Network.
- WHaM welcomes development that prioritises community needs – we want to create a neighbourhood we can all feel positive about.
- WHaM’s current priority is consulting on proposals for developments in the Bedminster Green framework area.