Plot 5 could be 'nail in the coffin' for Bedminster

April 03 2021
Plot 5 could be 'nail in the coffin' for Bedminster

The developers behind what is being regarded as the 'centrepiece' of the Bedminster Green development have unveiled their plans to the public.

Dandara is proposing 350 new homes, including 30 per cent affordable, for the land between Malago Road, Whitehouse Lane and Hereford Street.

Known as 'plot 5', the development's largest building would be triangular and up to 10 storeys, with two adjacent buildings. All three buildings would overlook Bedminster Green and would include a number of three-bedroom town houses.

On the ground floor, the developers are proposing spaces for community use. Car parking spaces would be limited and would mostly be reserved for blue badge holders.

According to Dandara, the charity Social Farms and Gardens (SFG), which is based in the Hereford Street carpark, will be relocated to somewhere in the immediate vicinity.

The proposals have come under scrutiny by the Windmill Hill and Malago Community planning group (WHaM), who say that it will be the "final nail in the coffin" for Bedminster if plans go through.

Chair of WHaM, Nick Townsend, said: "In a few years’ time, people will be scratching their heads as to how we could let it happen. Bedminster will look more like a Moscow satellite town. The green is an oasis for wildlife, with even badgers spotted there at night. The council and Dandara’s plans will demolish the much-loved wooden house [where SFG is currently based] and the green will be overshadowed on all four sides by tower blocks.

"Windmill Hill will be faced with a wall of glass. Bedminster will soon become one of the most densely populated areas in the whole of Bristol, so it is surely essential that the area is kept intact as a green lung."

Dandara says that its plans "fully align" with the Bedminster Green framework, which sets out the guidelines for the overall development. A spokesperson for Dandara said: “Working with the council, our proposals for plot 5 will totally change the under-used green into a community oasis. The green has always been the focal point for the Bedminster Green plans. So, we are looking to invest significantly into improving the green itself, retaining trees, planting more trees, and installing a children’s play area, so the green itself becomes a really lovely place to be.

“We are also proposing well-lit, well-designed pedestrian and cycle routes through and around the green, to support the council’s plans to improve walking and cycling connections."

Dandara has launched a six-week virtual consultation until April 30. They plan to submit an application to the council early this summer. Details can be found at bedminstergreen.info. Those without internet can call 0800 193 9403 to request a paper version of the plans and a paper feedback form.

Photo: Main scheme image for plot 5. Source: Dandara