Bedminster Green development

Bedminster Green is a development area made up of five sites (plots) that are being redeveloped with residential-led, mixed-use schemes.

The development area includes the Hereford Street and Little Paradise car parks, the land surrounding the area of grass known as Bedminster Green, the former car park sitting in between Dalby Avenue and Windmill Hill City Farm, the former Pring and Hill site next to the Sheene Road junction, St Catherine’s Place and the land next to the west of the precinct.

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, is committed to building more homes on previously developed land in central locations so we can protect green spaces around Bristol and provide housing for our growing city.

Artist impression credit: Hodder and Partners

An artist's impression on an apartment building on Dalby Avenue. People in the foreground are crossing over a tree lined road towards a bus stop.
Plot Plan: A map showing a section of Bedminster in South Bristol – East Street is at the top of the map and the railway line with Bedminster Station is at the bottom. There are 6 areas highlighted in block primary colours that make up the Bedminster Green plots.

Bedminster Green plots

The five sites (plots) are being redeveloped with residential-led, mixed-use schemes. Construction has already begun and is expected to continue until 2027.

Plot 1 – Pring and Hill Site, Malago Road

Watkin Jones has submitted a planning application to deliver 484 new student bedrooms. This site, along with plots 3 and 5, will help deliver the site wide River Restoration project. The planning application is being considered and can be viewed on Bristol City Council’s website using the application number 22/06085/F.

Plot 2 – St Catherine’s Place

Part of this site will be delivered by Galliard Homes and the remainder will be delivered by Firmstone Developments and Consortia Property. Full planning permission has been granted for 180 new homes with a mix of 1, 2 and 3 bed apartments and 815sqm (8773sqft) of commercial space. Outline planning permission has been granted for the remainder of the site, with final details to be submitted through detailed planning applications. The planning application can be viewed on the council’s website using the application number 20/04934/P.

Plot 3 – Dalby Avenue car park and Whitehouse Lane

Planning permission has been granted on this site for 819 new student bedrooms and 628sqm (6760sqft) of commercial space. Watkin Jones is constructing the scheme, which is expected to be complete by September 2024. This site, along with plots 1 and 5, will help deliver the site-wide River Restoration project. The application can be viewed on the council’s website using the application number 20/05811/F.

Plot 4a – Stafford Street

This site is owned and is under construction by Dandara, which is expected to be complete autumn 2024. Planning permission has been granted for 316 1-bed and 2-bed homes, including 21 affordable homes. The planning application can be viewed on the council’s website using the application number 18/06722/F.

Plot 4b – Little Paradise

Planning permission has been granted for a multi-storey car park with 91 parking bays, including 18 Blue Badge spaces, 20 electric charging spaces and 6 car club bays. The planning application can be viewed on the council’s website using the application number 20/02647/FB.

Plot 5 – Land next to Dalby Avenue and the Green

Bristol City Council are working with Dandara to redevelop this site. A planning application can been submitted for 330 new homes with a mix of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments and 341sqm (3670sqft) of commercial space. This site, along with plots 1 and 3, will help deliver the site wide River Restoration project. The planning application is pending consideration and can be viewed on the council’s website using the application number 21/05219/F.

New homes, heated by low carbon energy

The regeneration of the area will deliver around 1,300 new student spaces and 800 new homes, including a mix of homes for rent on the open market and to buy through shared ownership as well as homes available for social rent. The properties will be a mixture of one to three bedroom apartments and will bring around 3,500 new residents to the area.

In line with Bristol’s ambitious goals to tackle the climate emergency, Bedminster Green’s new homes will be connected to the city’s low-carbon District Heat Network, ensuring the homes are provided with a reliable and low carbon source of heat.

Work includes installing the underground infrastructure needed to deliver the District Heat Network for Bedminster Green and the surrounding areas. Highly insulated pipework is being installed within the highway, ready to export heat from sustainable generation sources to homes and businesses in the area.

Bedminster Green homes will be within easy reach of Victoria Park to the south and the shops of East Street to the north, and will be in walking or wheeling distance from North Street, the city centre, and Bedminster station and Temple Meads station. Being this close will enable and encourage the new residents of Bedminster Green to live active and low carbon lifestyles.

Improved transport connections

Travelling through or around this part of the city can be a disjointed experience, which is why the regeneration of Bedminster Green has connectivity and active travel at its heart. We’re working to reduce journey times and make it easier for people travelling by foot, wheel, or public transport to come to and through the area.

We’re investing in the A38 (Dalby Avenue and Malago Road) to improve crossings, cycle lanes and bus lanes and create a more pleasant ‘avenue’ to travel along. Traffic will be able to travel in both directions along the A38 in a more efficient manner and with easy connections to nearby East Street. Cycle lanes will connect to the existing Malago Greenway and the Bishopsworth/Hartcliffe A38 cycle route.

As well as the road, we’re improving the pavements and public spaces, widening the space for pedestrians. We’re planting shrubs and trees which will encourage biodiversity, provide shade, and soak up excess surface water.

We are working to improve the connection to Bedminster station, making it easier for people to access Bedminster Green and East Street by train. As plans for Metrowest progress, the trains servicing Bedminster will increase in frequency, linking the area to Weston Super Mare in the west and Bristol Temple Meads to the east. For the students who will call Bedminster Green home this represents a direct link to the new University of Bristol campus which is being built at Temple Quarter.

East Street Bedminster shops with bicycle stand and bike.
An artist’s impression of the restored river. Water meanders through plants and shrubs. One side of the river is banked grass and the other is a stone wall.

Restoring the River Malago

Although running largely below ground, the River Malago is a key Bedminster landmark and is a big part of the area’s history. We want the people of Bedminster to be able to enjoy the river, as well as providing effective stewardship to look after its ecosystems and manage flood risk.

As part of the Bedminster Green regeneration, the River Malago will be brought up from its underground tunnels and will see much of its natural habitats restored. The River Restoration project is being delivered by Bristol City Council to improve flood resilience, increase biodiversity, and create a new river park, complete with amphitheatre seating and a boardwalk for visitors to enjoy.

We’re taking care of the historic infrastructure of the river – replacing channel walls and restoring its original ‘penstock’ lock gates that managed the flow of the river to the factories of Bedminster which it drove. We’re also working to restore natural ‘riffles’ and native planting to encourage biodiversity back into the river.

These works will reduce flood risk by lowering some ground levels to create a submergible area that will fill with water when there is heavy rainfall. A trash screen will also be installed to trap any debris and prevent blockage and backing up of water.

The planning application is being considered and can be viewed on the council’s website using the application number 23/00611/FB.