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Residents concerned about plans for new Redcatch Quarter

Main image: View of the proposed Redcatch Quarter from Redcatch Park. Image: Keep Architecture Ltd.

Plans for a £150m transformation of Broadwalk Shopping Centre including new homes, restaurants and shops have concerned residents.

Outline planning proposals for the planned Redcatch Quarter were submitted by developers in August – who say the plans will “secure the future of local shopping.”

A spokesperson for Redcatch Quarter says: “The proposals for the Redcatch Quarter will revitalise the ageing centre into a new heart for Knowle and bring with it more prime shopping space, new homes to support a broad range of shops, new places to eat and improved community facilities…”

The planned pedestrianised high street which will link Wells Road with Redcatch Park. Image: Keep Architecture Ltd.

But the Knowle Neighbourhood Planning Group (KNGP) is worried about the height of the planned 12-storey apartment blocks, lack of affordable housing and the density of the homes within the site – as well as loss of light to surrounding properties.

They are also concerned about the impact so many additional residents will have on key services such as GPs, dentists, schools and parking, as well as loss of any services during construction – and whether there will be shops and facilities that cater for all socio-economic groups.

Laura Chapman from KNGP, who has started the Knowle Deserves Better campaign, says they are definitely “pro-development” as the current Broadwalk Shopping Centre isn’t fit for purpose – but it feels like they are going from “one extreme to another.” 

She says: “The landscape of Knowle will be forever changed by the tower blocks, not to mention the skyline of Bristol. Knowle is an area of mainly two storey dwellings so the proposed 12-storey height is completely out of keeping with the current area and will overshadow local residents’ homes and Redcatch Park… 

“We really want to empower people to get involved and to make a comment on the application, so we are doing a huge flyer campaign to raise awareness and guide people through the commenting process…”

The group will be holding drop-in sessions at Church of the Nazarene (on Broad Walk) on December 10, (11am-3pm) and 13, (6-9pm). Visit Facebook Broadwalk Redevelopment Community Group.

Friends of Redcatch Park (FORP) has been working closely with the developers and recently held a survey of park users – with the main concerns loss of trees, impact of tall buildings on the park, how the boundary will look and the effect of over 2,000 people using the park and the community garden.

A spokesperson from Redcatch Quarter said: “We are mindful of the concerns that have been raised and have sought to address these in a detailed presentation, which you can find on redcatchquarter.com. We are committed to working in collaboration with FORP and RCG to understand how we can best support Redcatch Park and ensure the proposals compliment and celebrate the park.” 

To get in touch with the developers you can also email hello@redcatchquarter.com

To contact Knowle Neighbourhood Planning Group visit the Facebook page.

Plans can be viewed and commented on by visiting the council planning portal. Application number 22/03924/P.