We plan to comprehensively redevelop the existing site to provide:
The long-awaited refurbishment of St Catherine’s Place is crucial to the wider regeneration of East Street and Bedminster. Our proposals will help make this a thriving, vibrant shopping centre, deliver much needed new homes and bring additional footfall to Bedminster’s struggling businesses.
New ground-floor frontages will all revitalise St Catherine’s Place, creating an attractive new frontage onto Dalby Avenue and East Street.
“Our task is to produce plans to transform St Catherine’s Place into a vibrant, mixed-use destination by focusing on enhancing pedestrian connections with new public realm along Dalby Avenue and the reinstatement of a historic route reconnecting Mill Lane to Bedminster Green.”
With Stride Treglown’s placemaking expertise and deep connection to Bristol, we are now confident that we’ll be able to progress our much-needed plans to rejuvenate St Catherine’s Place and contribute to the long-term health of East Street.”
Jacqui Pollard, Stride Treglowan
In 2014, planning permission was granted for the comprehensive redevelopment of St Catherine’s Place. The proposal, from a former landowner Urbis, involved the demolition of all the existing buildings on site and the creation of 186 homes, including a 17-storey residential tower, together with new retail premises.
In 2017, St Catherine’s Place was put on the market and bought by local developer Firmstone, who are the current owners of the site.
Phase 1 – Catherine’s House – is now completed. We converted this former office block, which was vacant for many years, into 54 one and two-bedroom apartments. They are all sold, 80% to local buyers.
In January 2020, BCC refused planning permission for a comprehensive redevelopment of the site that included homes, a cinema and associated retail and leisure.
We have now submitted our new planning application to Bristol City Council and it is recommended for approval by planning officers:
· Proposals involved significant scaling back of height and mass of main buildings.
· An “East Street First” approach taken to retail regeneration
· Larger, improved public space offered with more green landscaping and a new pocket park on Dalby Avenue
· A landscaped open-air pedestrian route, Mill Lane Greenway, providing a direct link between Bedminster Green and East Street
· Full compliance with Bristol City Council’s adopted Bedminster Green Framework
· Increased proportion of dual aspect homes within the new development plus
· Landscape proposals include references to the site’s industrial heritage
The planning application will be considered by Bristol City Council planning committee. If approved, we can then get on with regenerating St Catherine’s Place to help breathe new life into the East Street area of Bedminster.