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 chaired by Bryn Howells.
An agreed Framework Plan for Bedminster Green will be produced by Nash Partnership and approved by BCC and the City Design Group as a result of pressure from WHaM. A period of public consultation has also been promised before any planning applications are approved.
Rollo Homes (now known as Developments Bristol) 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
Following pressure from WHaM and other stakeholders the main proposals were revised but are still subject to many objections.
- See planning application for 32 affordable flats/energy centre
- See planning application for 183 flats
- See WHaM’s comments on the main planning application (PDF)
A planning application for part of St Catherine’s Place (Plot 2) was approved in June 2017 and the site was sold to Firmstone Consortia One, best known locally as the developer of Airpoint.
Firmstone has converted the existing building into 54 1- and 2-bed flats, adding two storeys. The flats are now on sale: no affordable housing is included. Firmstone also owns the shopping centre and Leslie Jones Architecture has been appointed to masterplan the retail development.
Plans for retail, leisure and further residential development, including a 22-storey block, have been the subject of initial public consultation. A planning application, which does not include any affordable housing, was submitted in October 2018.
- See the developer’s outline plans for the proposed retail, leisure and residential developments
- See the planning application and make your comments
In 2017, Urbis consulted on building an energy centre on Clarke St, behind the NCP car park (Plot 3, owned by Deeley Freed). Deeley Freed is apparently now considering building a 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; up to 20% affordable housing may be included. A planning application is scheduled for 2018.
Details of a pre-application from Urbis were reported in the South Bristol Voice in 2017 (see Anger at the latest 18-storey plan for Bedminster Green). Bristol City Council has now made an agreement with Dandara to develop the plot. Dandara is apparently working with Urbis on proposals for a 14-storey block. No planning application has yet been made.
Bristol City Council Urban Living and Local Plan draft policies:
Bedminster Green is cited as a favoured location for high-rise development in the draft Urban Living document. WHaM submitted comments in April 2018 and attended a consultation meeting in June 2018. WHaM also commented on the revised draft produced in August. The final version of Urban Living was adopted in November 2018; further consultation on the Local Plan will take place in March 2019.
- Urban Living SPD: making successful places at higher densities (final version PDF)
- Bristol Local Plan review: consultation document (PDF)
- WHaM’s response to the original short Urban Living consultation (PDF)
- WHaM’s response to the original detailed Urban Living consultation (PDF)
- WHaM’s response to the Local Plan (PDF)
- Public responses to the Urban Living SPD consultation (PDF)
- WHaM’s response to the revised Urban Living document (PDF)
From the planning portal:
- St Catherine’s Place original 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 planning application (2017)
- St Catherine’s Place demolition planning application (2017)
- Rollo Homes energy centre planning application (2017)
- Rollo Homes affordable housing/energy centre application (2018)
- St Catherine’s 22-storey residential, retail and leisure planning 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