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Public meeting to announce updated plans for Redcatch Quarter

Main image: Artist’s impression of the proposed Redcatch Quarter from Wells Road. Picture: Keep Architecture Ltd.

Following months of public consultation – updated proposals for the new Redcatch Quarter to replace Broadwalk Shopping Centre will be revealed at a public meeting on 24 June. 

The Redcatch Development Partnership which is heading the scheme says the revised plans “reflect the feedback received” which has been “instrumental in both influencing and informing the design.”

Once the new proposals have been announced – the local community will have the chance to comment again.  The plans are expected to be submitted to Bristol City Council towards the end of July.

The new £150 million mixed-use scheme was first unveiled in January – and will see the 1970s shopping centre demolished.

Redcatch Quarter will include a neighbourhood cinema – which will be the only one in South Bristol when Hengrove closes and around 800 new homes.

There will also be a pedestrian high street linking Wells Road and Redcatch Park – with a café and restaurant area overlooking the park.

Entrance from the new quarter onto Redcatch Park. Picture Keep Architecture Ltd.

Plans also include a local supermarket, pharmacy, post-office and dentist. The new cinema will be located within a community hub – along with a new library and café around a central courtyard.

Project Manager Francis Hilton said: “Our aim is to create a thriving, vibrant new shopping and leisure destination for South Bristol.

“An inclusive place where the community can come together, spend time, meet, shop and relax. A sustainable place where community facilities, health services, shops and cafes complement each other and support the wider town centre, along with new homes to meet the urgent housing need in the area.” 

Outline planning permission was given in 2019 for 420 flats and shops – but these were just for the rear of the centre. 

At the time there were fears about the height of the buildings – with the new scheme still keeping to the old parameters of 12 storeys.

If the revised plans are passed – work is expected to start in 2023 and take around three years to complete.

The public meeting will take place on 24 June at Redcatch Community Centre starting at 7pm. Residents can comment on the plans by visiting www.redcatchquarter.com or call 0117 441 4004.