The Bristol based developer behind the stalled redevelopment of St Catherine’s Place is launching an innovative consultation website to seek the views of local residents and businesses as they carry out a comprehensive review of the regeneration plans which were refused by Bristol City Council in January 2020.
The initial consultation seeks to find out more about the local communities’ aspirations for the regeneration of the site and the wider East Street area of Bedminster. The outcomes will be used to help inform revised proposals for the redevelopment of the site being worked up by a newly appointed Bristol-based professional team. A new scheme for the site will then be published on the website with the opportunity for the community to provide further feedback on the plans before a planning application is submitted.
A spokesperson for Firmstone said, “We were of course very disappointed that our original scheme was refused by Bristol City Council at the beginning of this year. Since then we have taken time to consider how to best achieve the much-needed regeneration of this site. While we have submitted an appeal on the original decision, we are very keen to work with local stakeholders to bring forward a revised proposal that aims to meet everyone’s aspirations as much as possible. For this reason, we are preparing a new application for the site with significant reductions in building heights and focussing in particular on regenerating the frontage on East Street. We have launched a consultation website for the
new scheme, asking residents and businesses about their aspirations for the area, and we are hoping some great new ideas and suggestions will be put forward.”
The original plans had included a new cinema as part of a development incorporating significant retail uses. However, as was made clear by the developers at the time of the original planning application, the cinema operator was unable to make a commercial commitment beyond the Council’s decision in January. While the new proposals will represent a significant scaling back of the proposals, Firmstone remains keen to explore other commercial and retail opportunities as part of the residential-led mixed use regeneration of the site.
To find out more about the emerging plans and to take part in the initial phase of consultation, visit