Bedminster Green regeneration

Bedminster Green regeneration

What Bedminster Green is, why we’re developing this area and what the development project involves.

What Bedminster Green is

Bedminster Green is a development area made up of five sites (plots) that are being developed for housing and community spaces. It’s between East Street and Windmill Hill in Bedminster.

The development area includes:

  • Hereford Street car park
  • the open area at Providence Place
  • St Catherine’s Place shopping centre
  • the land to the west of Hereford Street and to the east of Dalby Avenue (A38)

The Bedminster Green Framework was developed in 2019 and sets out principles to guide the regeneration of the area, including flood mitigation measures and transport improvements required to support growth in the area.

You can see more detail of the five development plots and where they are on this map of the development area.

Bedminster Green development plot map

Bedminster Green development plots, view full size image. (jpg, 545KB) (opens new window)

Why we’re developing Bedminster Green

We’re developing Bedminster Green because:

  • it gives us the opportunity to build much-needed homes: Bristol is a fast-growing city and needs new homes
  • it’s at walking distance to the city centre, the new Temple Quarter, and close to local jobs, shops and amenities
  • the area is currently fragmented: houses at Windmill Hill and the open green space at Victoria Park are split from Bedminster’s town centre and East Street by car parking and industrial sites
  • some of the industrial sites are empty or underused and can support new development, including new homes and community and employment spaces
  • it has excellent public transport links, including MetroBus services, Bedminster train station and bus routes to Bristol Airport and to the city centre, helping people travel more sustainably
  • regenerating the area is an opportunity to revive Bedminster’s historic high street, East Street, and support local businesses and employment

What the development project involves

The Bedminster Green development project involves:

  • building a mix of new housing
  • restoring the River Malago
  • enhancing public spaces
  • improving local public transport
  • making walking and cycling easier and safer
  • installing a low-carbon district heating network

Benefits of the project

The regeneration of Bedminster Green is an opportunity to revitalise the area. It will breathe life into the local economy, while providing much-needed homes as part of a sustainable, well-connected, healthier new neighbourhood in the south of Bristol.

Benefits of the project include:

  • a range of new homes, in a mix of:
    • affordable housing
    • private rented homes
    • homes for sale
    • student accommodation
  • new and improved pavements and cycle lanes, so that everyone can enjoy active travel safely and easily, reducing car use and emissions
  • better public transport: proposals include new bus lanes and bus stops along the A38/Dalby Avenue
  • a revitalised local economy, including East Street, by bringing new people to the area and better-connecting homes in Windmill Hill with Bedminster’s shopping areas
  • restoration of the River Malago, which will improve wildlife, flood defence and public spaces in the area for all to enjoy
  • opportunities for apprenticeships, employment and training targeted at school leavers and young people not in employment, education or training, in partnership with On Site Bristol, during the construction process
  • reducing local carbon emissions

Who is managing the developments

Each of the five development plots at Bedminster Green is owned and managed by a different developer, except plots 4b and 5 which are owned by the council and being brought forward by its development partner. The plots are at different stages of development.

The developers are:

  • Plot 1, Pring and Hill site, Malago Road: a2dominion
  • Plot 2, St. Catherine’s Place: Firmstone Developments (planning permission granted, reference: 20/04934/P)
  • Plot 3, Dalby Avenue car park and Whitehouse Lane: Deeley Freed (planning permission pending decision, reference: 20/05811/F)
  • Plot 4a, Stafford Street: Dandara (planning permission granted, reference: 18/06722/F)
  • Plot 4b, Little Paradise: Bristol City Council (owners), Dandara (planning permission granted, reference: 20/02647/FB)
  • Plot 5, land next to Dalby Avenue: Bristol City Council (owners), Dandara (planning permission pending consideration, reference: 21/05219/F)

Each development plot is at a different stage. As plans progress, the developers are making planning applications. You can comment on the planning applications, using the reference numbers above, on Bristol’s online Planning Portal.

To find out more about each plot, visit the developers’ websites.

Transport and district heating improvements

Works to improve travel and to install a District Heat Network are starting in January 2022. This will involve temporary changes to the road network as we make public transport, walking and cycling easier. 

Once complete, improvements will include: 

  • a new continuous bus lane towards East Street along Malago Road and Dalby Avenue (A38)
  • improved pedestrian and cycle crossings
  • new and improved cycle lanes 
  • improvements to public spaces, including wider footpaths and increased planting
  • highly insulated pipework within the highway, ready to export heat from sustainable generation sources to homes and businesses in the area

These changes were consulted on in early 2021, with high levels of public support for the proposals. You can read the consultation report online.

To find out more about the District Heat network and how it supports our ambitions to be a carbon neutral city by 2030, visit Heat Networks - Energy Service Bristol.

Restoring the River Malago

The River Malago flows through three of the five development plots that make up Bedminster Green. Currently, the river is largely out of sight and poor quality. 

Our proposals would enhance biodiversity and create new habitats, improving the natural environment in a largely urban area by:

  • bringing the river back above ground
  • planting trees and vegetation

The restoration will also include:

  • creating a new seating area for people to use in the Green
  • improving access to the river

Our plans will also help to reduce flood risk in Bedminster by lowering some ground levels to create a submergible area that would fill with water in the event of flooding.

These changes were consulted on in early 2021, with high levels of public support for the proposals.