New redevelopment plans for Broadwalk Shopping Centre unveiled this month

Online public consultation event on 27 January to reveal new scheme

People are being asked to have their say on the new vision for Knowle’s Broadwalk Shopping Centre – with plans unveiled at an online consultation event on 27 January.

The Redcatch Development Partnership is asking for the public’s opinion on their initial plans to create a “new, vibrant destination and mixed-use neighbourhood at the heart of Knowle.”

As part of the updated proposals, the scheme will be renamed the Redcatch Quarter after the nearby park and road. Following community feedback – an outline planning application is due to be submitted to Bristol City Council in the spring.

A spokesperson for the Redcatch Development Partnership said: “The aim is to create a new destination for the local community which better connects to Redcatch Park, enhances the leisure, retail and entertainment offer, delivers high-quality public realm and much needed new homes for all.

“The Redcatch Quarter represents a unique opportunity for South Bristol, and we are keen to hear what local people think.” 

Site boundary of the proposed Redcatch Quarter. Plans will be revealed at the consultation event. Picture courtesy of Cratus Communications Ltd.

Broadwalk Shopping Centre went into administration in 2017 and owners Moorfields hoped the original plans for a £100 million development – shown to the public in July 2018 – would help save the centre from closure.

The first proposals, which split the community including concerns over the height and density of the proposed buildings, received outline planning permission from Bristol City Council in March 2019.

They included building 420 flats and pulling down the multi storey car park which has structural issues – and replacing it with enclosed parking. The plans were for a mixed use scheme to include 40 -50 shops, as well as bars and cafes in a piazza opening into Redcatch Park.

Artist’s impression showing the original plans for Broadwalk Centre opening onto Redcatch Park – given outline planning permission in March 2019 – these have now been changed.

But nearly three years later – developers have now come up with a new scheme for local people to comment on. The plans are not available to view online until the consultation.

The Redcatch Development Partnership spokesperson added: “These are new plans but working to key parameters set from the previous consent that includes the access and the height – but the plans have evolved.”

The new proposals will be presented at an online consultation event on Thursday 27 January 2022 between 6 and 7.30pm. Members of the public are invited to attend to view the plans, provide feedback and ask any questions.

A dedicated project website has been launched where a recording of the event will be uploaded for people who are unable to attend at that time. 

Anyone who is not online can request a hard copy of the presentation and can get in touch via the project telephone number: 0117 441 4004.