Windmill Hill & Malago Community Planning Group (WHaM)

St Catherine’s application deferred

Revised plans for the major retail, residential and commercial development in St Catherine’s Place (Plot 2) went to the planning committee on 20 November 2019.

Key changes included:

  • reduction of the huge tower from 22 storeys to 18 (ish) storeys
  • reduction of the rear block to 9 storeys
  • space for a northbound bus lane along Dalby Avenue
  • additional outdoor space from balconies and roof terraces

Some affordable housing may be included through grants from BCC and housing associations. A cinema is also proposed.

The developers made their case at a recent WHaM meeting – but residents still have plenty of reservations. Lots of people turned up at the committee meeting or sent in statements. Objections were also received from the Council and the Environment Agency.

Meanwhile, Cllr Tony Carey posted exactly the same message of support for the application on the planning portal from both the Conservative and Liberal Democrat offices!

It was a close vote at the committee but, in the end, the application was deferred, pending further reports. Still time to make your views known via the link below!

Malago Rd: application to be resubmitted?

The Plot 1 application from a2Dominion was refused at planning committee in September 2019 but is likely to be resubmitted.

Planning officers recommended refusal because of density, design and potential flood risks.

At a WHaM meeting on 21 October the developers indicated that they are considering reducing the height of four blocks to 9 storeys, opening up the Malago, creating a small garden and removing all the social housing.

The refused application included accommodation for 550 students in six blocks (8 to 10 storeys) and 40 units of affordable housing (100% social rented) in a further block (10 storeys rising to 12 storeys). Completion is scheduled for the 2021 student intake.

Little Paradise planning application

Dandara has made a planning application for Plot 4 (Stafford St and Little Paradise). Proposals include 329 flats for rent to private tenants, a gym, a concierge and residents lounge. The height of the blocks ranges from 4 to 17 storeys.

A small percentage of the 69 studio flats, 171 1-bed flats and 90 2-bed flats will be offered at ‘Affordable Private Rent’ (20% below market rent). Eighty-four parking spaces and 358 cycle spaces are included.

Dandara is also working on high-rise housing plans for Plot 5, the Council-owned plot next to the station.

WHaM’s response to Local Plan consultation

The Local Plan contains proposals for Bristol’s development over the next 20 years, including planning policy for homes, jobs and open spaces. Site allocations for development are detailed at ward level. WHaM has submitted a response to the latest draft.

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:

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.

Find out who to contact with your views and how to get involved with WHaM.

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