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Decisions on the horizon for Bedminster Green developments Decisions could be reached in the coming weeks and months over a series of controversial high-rise developments planned around Bedminster Green. A2Dominion’s application to develop the former Pring and St Hill factory site in Malago Road, is due to be considered by the council’s planning committee on September 4. The proposal by A2Dominion is for the development of seven, 8-12 storey tower blocks, offering a mix of student accommodation and affordable housing. It is understood that Firmstone Consortia One’s (FS1) application for a 22-storey tower block at St Catherine’s Place will be the next to go to planning committee, followed by Dandara’s application to develop 329 homes in Little Paradise. Applications for the two other sites – the land adjacent to Dalby Avenue and Dalby Avenue car park – are still due to be submitted by Dandara and Deeley Freed, respectively. A spokesperson for Dandara said that the developer is currently focussed on Little Paradise and could not confirm when an application is due to be submitted for the site opposite

Dalby Avenue. South Bristol Voice is still awaiting a response from Deeley Freed. The proposed developments have faced fierce opposition from local residents and campaigners, with hundreds of objections filed against the proposals online. The Windmill Hill and Malago planning group (WHaM) has been critical of the plans and says that if the developments go ahead, they will have a “devastating impact” on people’s lives. Nick Townsend, the chair of WHaM, says people living in tower blocks are at risk of isolation and worries of the negative impact this will have on occupants’ mental health, particularly students’ wellbeing. Dianne James, secretary of WHaM, says that it is important that residents know that these applications are still live and that decisions are likely to be made on these plans over the coming months. She said: “People have left comments in response to the plans and think because nothing is happening, it’s all been put on the back burner, but it hasn’t.” A spokesperson for FS1 and Dandara says that since the Bedminster Green framework

– a set of guidelines for the developments – was put in place in March, the developers have been working “diligently” with the council to finalise their applications. The spokesperson said: “Given the under supply of highquality homes for rent across Bristol, Dandara’s proposal for Little Paradise would bring much-needed secure, long-term tenancies, in professionallymanaged accommodation. The proposals will create a safe and attractive new pedestrian link from Malago Road to East Street, part of the wider, longoverdue improvements which

will help revitalise this part of Bedminster.” Simon Potts, director of strategic land planning projects for A2Dominion said: “Our proposals are to create high quality student accommodation and affordable homes that will be built and managed by A2Dominion. A2Dominion already owns and manages over 500 student bed spaces for the University of Bristol across two developments. We have worked with the university over the last 16 years and we will be looking to continue this long-standing relationship once our Malago Road development is completed.”

An artist’s impression of A2Dominion’s Malago Road development

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