Windmill Hill & Malago Community Planning Group (WHaM)
WHaM responds to Urban Living plans
Bedminster Green was highlighted as a favoured location for high-rise housing in Bristol City Council’s Urban Living document. WHaM submitted comments on the draft document and attended a consultation meeting in June 2018 at which it was clear that community reaction was decisively against high-rise buildings. You can read all the responses received – 37% were from Bedminster residents!
A revised version of the Urban Living document is due to be adopted by the Council later this year. WHaM has put together detailed comments and would like you to comment too! All comments must be received by 25 September 2018.
- Read WHaM’s comments on the revised Urban Living document (PDF)
- Make your own comments with our quick and easy guide (PDF)
- Go directly to the Council’s consultation page to have your say
Framework plan for Bedminster Green
Bristol City Council representatives at our July public meeting assured the community that no development will go ahead without an agreed framework plan for the whole of Bedminster Green. The framework, to be produced by the Nash Partnership and approved by BCC and the City Design Group, is apparently now near to completion. A period of public consultation will be announced shortly.
More high-rise next to Bedminster station?
Urbis is now working with Dandara on high-rise housing plans for Plot 5, the only Council-owned plot in Bedminster Green. At our July meeting, Council representatives confirmed that an agreement is in place with Dandara to develop this plot.
Little Paradise consultation online
Plans include an 18-storey+ block and a total of 340 one- and two-bed flats for rent. The proposed density is a mind-boggling 700 units per hectare. Up to 20% of the flats will be ‘affordable’; a residents’ gym and 140 car parking spaces are also included.
Make your comments now before the planning application is submitted to the Council!
- See Dandara’s plans and make your comments
- Plans for towers will create a ‘canyon effect’ in Malago Rd
Energy centre news
Rollo Homes has made a further planning application for a 6-7 storey block of 32 affordable flats for rent and a gas-fired energy centre on Plot 1 (Malago Rd).
It is possible that the Framework for Bedminster Green will also include an energy centre. Representatives from the Council answered residents’ questions about different types of energy centre at our July meeting.
- See Rollo Home’s planning application for 32 flats/energy centre and make your comment
- Read about the background to Bristol City Council’s sustainable energy policy
St Catherine’s Place consultation
Firmstone Consortia One, best known locally as the developer of Airpoint, has added two storeys to the existing 7-storey building on Plot 2 to provide 54 1- and 2-bed flats. No affordable housing is included.
Now Firmstone is proposing to build a 21-storey+ tower block next to the existing building. The amount of affordable housing remains to be agreed. Shops, restaurants, a cinema and a gym are proposed for St Catherine’s shopping centre.
A a recent WHaM meeting, residents expressed fears that these proposals will set a precedent for other Bedminster Green developers.
- Read about the proposed developments and see the plans (PDF)
- Complete Firmstone’s feedback form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org (Word doc)
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.