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St Catherine’s decision time!

A decision on revised plans for the major retail, residential and commercial development in St Catherine’s Place (Plot 2) was deferred at the planning committee on 20 November but will be decided on 22 January at 6pm.

Lots of people turned up at the November committee meeting or sent in statements objecting to the development and we want you to do it all again in January! Get in touch at whamalago@gmail.com if you can make it.

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 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.

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).

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.

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

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.’