FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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WHAT ARE THE NEW PLANS FOR ST. CATHERINE'S PLACE?

We are proposing to build around 180 new homes and public open spaces, working with Bedminster Business Improvement District and the Bedminster Green Framework to make improvements to the current shopping arcade at St. Catherine's Place. The plans will revitalise an area of East Street that is in need of renewal, delivering significant public realm improvements in the area.

WHY HAVE YOU REVISED YOUR PLANS?

We previously submitted a planning application for St. Catherine's Place in 2018, which included new homes, a cinema, exciting new retail spaces and new public open spaces.

Whilst the majority of the feedback from the community on our plans was positive, some concerns were raised about the height and scale of the building proposed, which took precedent over the range of leisure uses that we had focused on. The planning application was initially considered by Bristol City Council in November 2019, before being deferred and refused by the Council's planning committee in January 2020.

HOW DO THE NEW PROPOSALS DIFFER?

There are significant changes proposed to the overall scale and design of the scheme. We are reducing the height and mass of all blocks.

The main building is being reduced in height substantially, and our current thinking is that it will step back from its frontage to be the same height as Catherine's House. All other buildings will also be reduced in scale.

As we stated before the previous planning application was considered, the cinema could only be delivered on the basis of the planning application being approved in January. This is because the cinema operator was unable to make a commercial commitment beyond this timescale. With the cinema anchor falling away due to the refusal of our previous application, we have had to reduce retail offering, focusing this on a revitalised East St frontage.

WHAT HAPPENS WITH THE OLD PLANS?

We are appealing the decision to refuse our previous plans, but we recognise the importance of working with local stakeholders and the community to bring forward a revised proposal that aims to meet everyone's aspirations as much as possible. For this reason we are preparing a new application for the site that responds to the reasons for the refusal of our previous scheme.

WILL THE SCHEME OFFER AFFORDABLE HOUSING?

In our previous application it was agreed with Bristol City Council that due to the high costs to develop this site, it would not be possible to provide any affordable housing through the Section 106 agreement. However, together with The Guinness Partnership we offered to provide 34 social rent affordable units and we will continue to explore these options in our new proposals.

WHY ISN'T THE CINEMA INCLUDED IN THE NEW PLANS?

The cinema could only be delivered on the basis of the planning application being approved in January. The cinema operator was unable to make a commercial commitment beyond this timescale and this was made clear at the time of the application. With the cinema anchor falling away due to the refusal of our previous application, we have had to reduce the retail offering.

WHY CAN'T YOU BUILD AT A LOWER DENSITY?

Local planning policy, including the emerging Bedminster Green Framework, coupled with the proximity of the site to Bristol City Centre and the urgent demand to build new homes for Bristol in a sustainable way means that it is vital to make efficient use of the land and build at an appropriate density.

The redevelopment sites such as St Catherine's Place involves significant costs. Infrastructure and public real enhancements, decontamination and demolition, archaeological works etc all represent substantial costs. In a location like this these essential expenses can only be funded by a significant level of density. However, our proposals will be at the minimum level of density required to make the regeneration of St Catherine's Place and this part of East Street financially viable.

WHEN IS CONSTRUCTION LIKELY TO START AND FINISH?

Once planning permission is granted, we would aim to start site preparation within 6 months and envisage a two year build programme.

HOW CAN I VIEW AND COMMENT ON THE NEW PLANS?

Following the issues and opportunities consultation, we have now published our new plans for St. Catherine's Place and invite community feedback. Click here to view and comment on the plans.

WHAT HAPPENS IF THE NEW PLANS DON'T GET PLANNING PERMISSION?

If our revised plans are turned down, it would be unlikely that the site can be developed in the near future.

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