Mixed-use development proposed for Bedminster

A planning application has been submitted for a new mixed use development at St Catherine’s Place in Bedminster. If approved by Bristol City Council, the site will offer shops, leisure facilities and 271 homes.

Local developer Firmstone is behind the scheme, which has been designed by architect Leslie Jones working with local company Dexter Designs. The plan would see the refurbishment of an existing, run-down shopping centre, and the creation of 27 apartments above it. Three new residential buildings would also be built, offering a further 244 apartments.

The shopping arcade would be upgraded with new shopfronts and a new public square, with street level leisure space. The developer plans to attract new leisure tenants, such as a cinema, gym and workspace companies.

"Our proposals will mark a real ‘step change' for this area, which is badly in need of regeneration and has the potential to make a major contribution to the homes that the city needs. This is an important ‘gateway' site to the Bedminster Green area, which also has the potential to act as a catalyst for the revitalisation of East Street and indeed, the whole Bedminster area,” says Firmstone director Francis Firmstone.

"To achieve this potential, we need to focus a significant amount of our investment on creating a central gathering place for both the immediate neighbourhood and wider local community. This needs to be an attractive place where people want to congregate, socialise and enjoy themselves at different times of the day and in the evening.”

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