Windmill Hill & Malago Community Planning Group (WHaM)

St Catherine’s decision time!

A decision on plans for the major residential and commercial development in St Catherine’s Place (Plot 2) will be made at a planning committee meeting in City Hall on 22 January at 6pm.

Lots of people made statements at the November meeting and the decision was deferred. We need you to do it all again!

This application includes a 17-storey tower, twice the size of the existing block, and is likely to act as a precedent for all the other towers being proposed by developers. The councillors’ decision will be affected by the strength of feeling from the community.

Submit a statement by email to democratic.services@bristol.gov.uk by 21 January and, if you can come, state that you will attend the meeting – see our quick guide to the whole process below. Please get in touch with any queries or to arrange travel to the meeting.

There’s also still time to make a comment on the planning portal.

Malago Rd: application resubmitted

The Plot 1 application from a2Dominion, which was refused in September 2019, has been revised and resubmitted. The developers have also appealed against the refusal of the original application.

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

The developers have reduced the height of the four blocks to 9 storeys with a total of 542 student bed spaces, opened up the Malago, allowed for a road widening scheme, created a small garden – and removed all the social housing! Completion is scheduled for the 2021 student intake.

The revised application will go to committee again in March 2020.

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. No committee date has been set to date.

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

Windmill Pub application

The owner of the Windmill is still trying to sell the pub as a going concern but has also made a planning application to convert the pub into five flats.

The application is likely to be decided in February 2020.

Meanwhile a group has been set up to pursue other options on behalf of the community (see Support rallies to save the Windy).

WHaM’s Community Plan

WHaM has responded to developers’ plans by detailing what the community would like to see in Bedminster Green based on our extensive 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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