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Outline planning application submitted for new Redcatch Quarter

Main Image: A sketch of the proposed Redcatch Quarter from Redcatch Park. Picture Keep Architecture Ltd. 

An application seeking outline planning permission for the new Redcatch Quarter has been submitted to Bristol City Council which would see the current 1970s Broadwalk Shopping Centre demolished .

The Redcatch Development Partnership which is leading the project says the centre will be reimagined into a “walkable, vibrant new shopping and leisure destination that celebrates South Bristol, right in the heart of Knowle.” 

The submitted plans are for a mixed use scheme comprising “residential units, commercial floorspace and community use” and include vehicle parking spaces, cycle parking, and associated landscaping as well as access.

A community hub would include a new library and community cafe and a restaurant is also planned overlooking the park as well as the only cinema in South Bristol when Hengrove closes.

The centre would include essential services such as a local supermarket, dentist and pharmacy but not a post office as previously stated, which will remain in its current location on Wells Road. A landscaped pedestrianised high street would link Wells Road with Redcatch Park.

There has been around seven months of consultation, with the amended plans unveiled at a public meeting on June 24.

With around 800 new homes planned for the site – one of the amendments, following residents’ fears of the park being overwhelmed, has been to change the single block of development into three finger blocks of apartments. Some of the private balconies and shared roof spaces will also have planting to soften the impact of the buildings against the park.

Project manager, Francis Hilton from the Redcatch Development Partnership said of the submission: “We want to thank everyone who participated in the consultation as your feedback has been instrumental in the progression of the proposals.

“Following valuable discussions with local people, it’s clear that we are all united in wanting a thriving, sustainable community asset that will deliver for Knowle for years to come. Local input has led to the introduction of the cinema, wider and more attractive pedestrian areas, a reduction in massing and redistribution of buildings, and better integration with the park.

“Making the Outline Application is just a point on the journey and we look forward to continuing to work with the community post-submission to contribute to the revitalisation of South Bristol.”

Sian Ellis-Thomas and Lesley Powell who led the Residents Against the Mast Campaign at Redcatch Park have now joined the Friends of Redcatch Park – and are acting as “the voice of the park and its users in dialogue with the developers.”

Sian says: “…We’ve already met them and been given a presentation of the plan being submitted and they appear keen to work with us to ensure that the park and users are heard and accounted for in the consultation.

“We will shortly be conducting a survey of park users to clarify their concerns and aspirations. You can be sure we shall be pouring as much passion and energy into this project as we did the mast campaign.”   

Image of the three proposed apartment blocks from Redcatch Park. Picture Keep Architecture Ltd. 

If successful, the outline planning application, will set the parameters for a series of more detailed planning applications (known as Reserved Matters Applications) – which will provide the final design and layout of individual parts of the scheme. 

To view the planning application and make comments visit: https://pa.bristol.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=RGGLKDDN1CN00

For more information about the planned Redcatch Quarter visit: https://redcatchquarter.com