In 2014, planning permission for a 16-storey residential block at St Catherine’s Place (Plot 2) was controversially granted to developer Urbis against the advice of planning officers. In 2015, Urbis signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Bristol City Council to produce a masterplan for the wider area but this was never completed.
There are now five plots, owned by different developers. Plot 5, including the Green and Bedminster station, is the only plot owned by Bristol City Council.
The developers are all part of the Bristol City Council-led Bedminster Green Landowners Group.
The Chair of the Group, Council employee Bryn Howells, attended WHaM’s public meeting in July 2018 and stated that an agreed framework plan for the whole of Bedminster Green will be produced by Nash Partnership and approved by BCC and the City Design Group. WHaM is seeking to be involved from the outset.
Rollo Homes purchased Plot 1 in 2016. There are two current planning applications:
- for 183 flats in two 6-10 storey blocks
- for 32 affordable flats and an energy centre in a 6-7-storey block
A previous energy centre application was withdrawn.
Following pressure from WHaM and other stakeholders Rollo Homes has revised its main proposals but they are still subject to many objections.
- See planning application for 32 affordable flats/energy centre
- See main planning application for 183 flats
- See WHaM’s comments on the main planning application (PDF)
The planning application for St Catherine’s Place (Plot 2) gained final approval in June 2017 and the site was sold to Firmstone Consortia One, best known locally as the developer of Airpoint.
Firmstone has successfully applied to convert the existing 7-storey building into 54 1- and 2-bed flats, adding two storeys to the existing building; no affordable housing is included. These flats are already on sale. Firmstone has also bought all the retail space in the shopping centre. Leslie Jones Architecture has been appointed to masterplan the development.
Plans for retail, leisure and further residential development, including a 21-storey+ block, have been the subject of public consultation. A formal planning application is expected in 2018.
Urbis consulted on building a large energy centre on Clarke St, behind the NCP car park (Plot 3, owned by Deeley Freed) in 2017. However, Deeley Freed is apparently now considering building a 6-8 storey block of flats on the plot. No planning application has yet been made.
Plans for Plot 4 (Little Paradise, next to St Catherine’s Place) are being proposed by Dandara. Initial proposals were reviewed by the Bristol Urban Design Forum. The current development of 340 1- and 2-bed flats for rent includes an 18-storey+ block with residents’ gym and 140 parking spaces. Density is 700 units per hectare, with possibly up to 20% affordable housing. A planning application is scheduled for 2018.
Details of a previous pre-application from Urbis were reported in the South Bristol Voice in 2017 (see Anger at the latest 18-storey plan for Bedminster Green). Dandara is apparently now working with Urbis on new proposals for a 14-storey block which will retain the Green. Bristol City Council has confirmed that there is an agreement in place with Dandara to develop the plot. No planning application has yet been made.
Bristol City Council Urban Living and Local Plan draft policies:
Bedminster Green is named as a favoured location for high-rise development in the Urban Living document. WHaM submitted comments in April 2018 and attended a consultation meeting in June 2018. A revised document and a Tall Buildings document will be produced in summer 2018 for guidance. Further consultation on the Local Plan will take place in October 2018.
- Urban Living SPD: making successful places at higher densities (PDF)
- Bristol Local Plan review: consultation document (PDF)
- WHaM’s response to the short Urban Living consultation (PDF)
- WHaM’s response to the detailed Urban Living consultation (PDF)
- WHaM’s response to the Local Plan (PDF)
- Public responses to the Urban Living SPD consultation (PDF)
From the planning portal:
- St Catherine’s Place planning application (2014)
- Rollo Homes housing planning application (2016)
- St Catherine’s Place change of use planning application (2017)
- St Catherine’s Place two extra storeys application (2017)
- St Catherine’s Place demolition application (2017)
- Rollo Homes energy centre planning application (2017)
- Rollo Homes affordable housing/energy centre application (2018)
From Bristol Urban Design Forum:
- Bedminster Green (2015) – BUDF’s response to the original Urbis masterplan
- Bedminster Green (2016) – BUDF’s response to revised masterplan
- Pring and St Hill (Plot 1) (2017) – BUDF’s response to Rollo Homes housing application
- Little Paradise (Plot 4) (2017) – BUDF’s response to Dandara’s original proposals