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 Go to https://democracy.bristol.gov.uk/ieDecisionDetails.aspx?AIId=15476 (opens new window) 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.
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
- 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: Watkin Jones Plc Go to https://www.watkinjones.com/ (opens new window) (planning permission due for submission in 2022)
- Plot 2, St. Catherine's Place: The PG Group Go to https://www.thepggroup.co.uk/ (opens new window) (planning permission granted, reference: 20/04934/P)
- Plot 3, Dalby Avenue car park and Whitehouse Lane: Watkin Jones Plc Go to https://www.watkinjones.com/ (opens new window) (planning permission granted, reference: 20/05811/F). Construction pm Plot 3 started in spring 2022 and is due for completion in September 2024.
- Plot 4a, Stafford Street: Dandara (planning permission granted, reference: 18/06722/F). Construction on Plot 4a started in spring 2022 and is due for completion in September 2024.
- 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 started in January 2022. This involves 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 Go to https://bristol.citizenspace.com/development-of-place/bedminster-green-consultation/user_uploads/bedminster-green-consultation-report-march-2021---transport-proposals-v5.pdf (opens new window) 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.
Free travel support
You can get help to travel more actively and sustainably around the area. We offer:
- personalised travel planning
- a borrow a bike scheme
- tailored cycle training
- basic bike maintenance courses
- bus taster tickets
- information on scooters, car clubs and car sharing schemes
Visit the Travelwest website for:
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 provides a poor quality habitat for nature to thrive.
The river restoration proposals include creating natural habitats, builidng new public and green spaces and restoring the existing character of the area, while reducing flood risk.
Our proposals will enhance biodiversity and improve the natural environment in a largely urban area by:
- bringing the river back above ground through Bedminster Green
- replacing dilapidated channel walls with more natural grass sloped embankments, planted with a range of vegetation
- introducing more diverse habitats in channel with alternating channel sections of faster and shallower then slower and deeper water, alongside permeant in-channel woody debris features and a wetland area
- making the channel narrower to improve the speed of flows to prevent stagnation
The proposals will provide improved green and public spaces by:
- creating a new seating area for people to use in the Green, overlooking the newly emerged river
- improving access to the riverbanks through an accessible path and boardwalk structure
Flood risk in Bedminster will be reduced by:
- lowering some ground levels in the green to create a submergible area that would fill with water in the event of flooding
- installing a trash screen (metal grid of bars) across the entrance to where the river goes back underground under East Street to trap any debris and prevent blockage and backing up of water in this pipe
The existing character of the area will be preserved and enhanced by the following improvements to existing structures of heritage value:
- restoring a dilapidated penstock (a metal sluice gate signifying Bedminster's industrial past)
- repointing and repairing remaining historic channel walls
We hope to begin construction on site in summer 2023, subject to getting planning permission in late 2022.
These changes were consulted on in early 2021, with high levels of public support for the proposals. See further detail on the results of the public consultation at Bedminster Green River Restoration and Transport Consultation Go to https://www.ask.bristol.gov.uk/bedminster-green-river-restoration-and-transport-consultation?tool=news_feed (opens new window).
If you have any questions or comments on the Bedminster Green regeneration project, email firstname.lastname@example.org