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Windmill Hill residents set WHaM – Who we are
WINDMILL Hill and Malago (WHaM) is a community planning group covering Windmill Hill, East Bedminster and Victoria Park, recognised by the Neighbourhood Community Planning Network. We welcome development that has at its heart the needs and well-being of both current and future members of our community. And to that end we wish to work with anyone, be it stakeholders, including residents, developers and Bristol City Council (BCC), to achieve a functional, appropriate and wellbuilt environment. We provide a platform for residents and developers to discuss projects and will encourage pro-active community engagement. In February we successfully launched our Vision Document for Malago Green to 150 people at the Windmill Hill Social Club,
and we thank everybody who came along to support us, express their views and now continue to support our progress. Malago Green is our name for the area of land that includes Bedminster Green (the patch of grass and trees beyond the zebra crossing on Whitehouse Lane) and Pring St Hill, the land to the south of Hereford Street that is currently for sale and home to a car wash. What makes a good development?
HE most popular ideas coming out of our research favour high density development that contains a mix of uses, housing types and tenures that are available and accessible to all social groups, with plenty of wildlife-friendly green spaces and the imaginative use of private gardens, roof
The Voice invited community group WHaM to give its views on plans for the £100m development
gardens and courtyards laid out to maximise light. Low rise buildings encourage, among other things, improved natural surveillance of an area and accessibility which will help make an area feel safe and add to its general well-being. Happy streets are an indication of a thriving community and provide lively, sociable and safe spaces that can be used at all times of day, encouraging interactions between neighbours, visitors and care for the more vulnerable residents. Existing amenities such as a doctors’ surgery, a
dental practice, a library, or a school, will be stretched beyond capacity if significant thought is not given to expanding the existing, or encouraging the building, of new facilities. With any city development there are going to be issues with traffic. Car use needs to be considered within the wider context of a city-wide transport system of buses, trains, cycling routes and walking networks 15 minutes from the city centre. Bristol is a city blessed with spectacular views and historic vistas and it is important that these are maintained and reinforced to preserve the natural character of our city, and not despoiled by high-rise buildings. We are currently researching into the proposed district heating centre, which will provide power for any new development, and are concerned that the scale of the centre is linked to a vision of
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