Framework to revitalise Bedminster Green supported by Bristol City Council Cabinet

7 March 2019

A new development framework which identifies proposed principles and guidance for creating a new community at Bedminster Green has received support from the Bristol City Council Cabinet.

The framework has been drawn up by Nash Partnership on behalf of the landowners at Bedminster Green, through close collaboration with Bristol City Council and public consultation.

The document is a high-level framework which sets broad principles and parameters to help shape and integrate individual development proposals as they come through the planning and design process. It aims to create a high quality, well connected neighbourhood and a balanced community by transforming a number of underused brownfield sites.

Bedminster Green comprises five principal sites either side of the A38 Malago Road/Dalby Avenue between Bedminster town centre at East Street, and Bedminster rail station. This land is currently occupied by industrial units, open land and surface level car parks, together with the precinct style St Catherine’s Place shopping centre. Central to the framework’s vision is supporting the regeneration of Bedminster town centre at East Street through:

  • Introducing a new residential and working community to increase footfall and contribute to a mixed, balanced and sustainable local community
  • Creating more attractive pedestrian and cycle links from the existing residential neighbourhood of Windmill Hill to East Street
  • Creating an environment with a street level based sense of place and facilities to attract and retain people and create jobs

The framework also seeks to:

  • Contribute to the City Council’s housebuilding programme by providing potential for between 1,000 and 1,500 new homes, including homes for sale, affordable homes, rental properties and student accommodation
  • Revitalise St Catherine’s Place shopping centre and provide flexible ground floor space in new development on other sites, that can accommodate businesses, community facilities and a small number of local shops and cafes
  • Create development of varied height, from 2-10 storeys with some well-designed taller elements clustered in the centre of the area
  • Make Malago Road/Dalby Avenue a more attractive city street, fronted by new buildings and with street trees, improved bus facilities and crossing points
  • Capitalise on the area’s proximity to the city centre and Temple Quarter to support Bristol’s aspiration to be a zero carbon city by enabling more people to travel on foot, bike, bus or train, with bus lanes on Malgo Road/Dalby Avenue and a new entrance to Bedminster station, fronting on to the Green
  • Increase the size of Bedminster Green by around 15% and enhance it as a place for people to meet, relax and enjoy
  • Open up the largely hidden River Malago as a natural feature to enjoy, help manage drainage and flood risk and to provide enhanced habitat for nature
  • Create green, pleasant streets through the Bedminster Green area and connecting to adjoining areas
  • Maximise opportunities for apprenticeships, employment and training for local people throughout the construction process, in partnership with On-site Bristol , and secure long term jobs in this part of south Bristol
  • Enable connection of new development to any future local heat network.

The framework aligns with the Council’s aim to reimagine and develop brownfield and former industrial land in locations close to facilities and public transport, to minimise the amount of housing needed at the edges of the city. Following the Council Cabinet decision, the framework is a material planning consideration and will be used alongside the Urban Living Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) and Local Plan to guide future planning recommendations and decisions for the area.  The Cabinet decision also included in-principle approval, subject to due process, of up to £6m of Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) funds to facilitate regeneration at Bedminster Green and application of interim measures on affordable housing requirements to support delivery of development.

Nash Partnership’s Director of Planning and Regeneration, Mel Clinton, commented: “The Council’s support for the vision, objectives, principles and design approach of this framework, together with application of CIL funds and flexibility over affordable housing requirements, is good news for Bedminster and the wider city. Development here faces significant challenges and the decisions on the framework help bring clarity and support for making things happen. New development needs to respond to the challenges and needs of society by optimising use of brownfield land, enabling lifestyles that reduce the need to travel, providing for walking, cycling and public transport to be the modes of choice and creating opportunities for people to meet, socialise and engage in a range of activities. In doing this, it is important to create good quality streets and to incorporate landscaping, planting and natural features, such as the River Malago at Bedminster Green.

“Town centres, such as East Street, are facing major challenges and it is vital that there is a substantial residential population on its doorstep to boost and support trade, investment and overall vitality. The framework seeks to do these things, providing a stepping stone to detailed design and subsequent implementation of development for a growing local community.”