WHaM AGM at WHCA, Monday 24 February at 8:30pm. A new committee and plans for the future. Email firstname.lastname@example.org by 17 February if you would like to be involved. Everyone welcome at the meeting too!
St Catherine’s refused!
A decision on revised plans for the major retail, residential and commercial development in St Catherine’s Place (Plot 2) was refused at the planning committee on 22 January 2020.
Malago Rd: application resubmitted
The Plot 1 application from a2Dominion which was refused in September 2019 has now been resubmitted. The developer is also appealing the refusal.
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.
- See a2 Dominion’s revised planning application and make your comments
- Read WHaM’s objections to the revised application
- Read the committee background papers
Plot 4: Dandara planning application
Dandara has made a planning application for Plot 4 (Little Paradise). Proposals include two buildings of 329 flats for rent, a gym, a ‘flexible activity space’, concierge, residents lounge and cycle parking.
- See Dandara’s planning application and make your comments
- Read WHaM’s objections to the application
- Read Dandara’s ‘response to community feedback’ (PDF)
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).
More Bedminster Green ideas
A meeting took place at Windmill Hill City Farm on 5 December 2019 which involved a number of community groups, developers and dozens of concerned residents.
The discussions and ideas gathering, which included a new library and wildlife spaces, were organised by Paul Hassan from Locality.
Affordable housing in old health centre
United Communities, a Bristol-based housing association, plans to build 30 affordable housing units for rent and sale on the site of the old Wedmore Vale health centre. A public consultation event took place at Windmill Hill Community Centre on 4 September 2019.
Plans to convert old Argos site to flats
A planning application for 49 flats and a retail unit is under consideration. The application states: ‘The provision of policy compliant affordable housing is not possible. Nevertheless, the applicant is open to discussing various options with Bristol City Council during the course of the application to establish if a mutually beneficial solution can be reached.’