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Plot 2: St Catherine’s committee date: 20 November

Revised plans for the major retail, residential and commercial development in St Catherine’s Place (Plot 2) are going to the planning committee on 20 November 2019.

Key changes include:

  • reduction of the huge tower from 22 storeys to 16 storeys
  • reduction of the rear block to 9 storeys
  • space for a northbound bus lane along Dalby Avenue
  • additional outdoor space from balconies and roof terraces

Some affordable housing may be included through grants from BCC and housing associations. A cinema is also proposed.

The developers made their case at a recent WHaM meeting – but residents still have plenty of reservations. Make your comment on the revised application – and come to the committee and express your views there too if you can.

Plot 1: application resubmission?

The Plot 1 application from a2Dominion was refused at the planning committee on Wednesday 4 September but is likely to be resubmitted soon.

At a WHaM meeting on 21 October the developers indicated that they are considering reducing the height of four blocks to 9 storeys, opening up the Malago and creating a small garden and removing all the social housing from the scheme.

Plot 1: application resubmission?

The Plot 1 application from a2Dominion was refused at the planning committee on Wednesday 4 September but is likely to be resubmitted soon.

Planning officers recommended refusal of the application because of its density and design and potential flood risks. The developers aim to address these issues in their resubmission – but will they do enough?

The application includes accommodation for 550 students in six blocks (8 to 10 storeys) and 40 units of affordable housing (100% social rented) in a further block (10 storeys rising to 12 storeys). Completion is scheduled for the 2021 student intake.

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.

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.’