Agenda and minutes

Development Control A Committee
Wednesday, 20th November, 2019 2.00 pm

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Venue: The Council Chamber - City Hall, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TR

Contact: Norman Cornthwaite 

No. Item


Welcome, Introductions and Safety Information pdf icon PDF 176 KB


The Chair welcomed those present, drew attention to the evacuation procedure and explained the process to be followed for the hearing of each application.


Apologies for Absence and Substitutions


Apologies were received from Councillors Mike Davies and Mark Wright, substitute Gary Hopkins.



Declarations of Interest

To note any interests relevant to the consideration of items on the agenda.

Please note that any declarations of interest made at the meeting which are not on the register of interests should be notified to the Monitoring Officer for inclusion.




The following was noted:


Councillor Clarke – Application No. 18/05310/F St Catherine’s Place is located in his Ward and he has had meetings with the developers and residents, but has not expressed an opinion on the application.



Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 213 KB

To agree the minutes of the last meeting as a correct record.


Referring to 85 Queens Road, the Head of Development Management explained that it had not been possible to bring this application before the Committee at this Meeting as the enforcement investigation on the usage of the premises has not been completed as the required information had not yet been provided by the applicants; a formal request has now been made for the information.


Resolved - that the minutes of the Meeting on 16th October 2019 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair.




Appeals pdf icon PDF 24 KB

To note appeals lodged, imminent public inquiries and appeals awaiting decision.


The Head of Development Management introduced the report providing an overview of the current appeals.  He highlighted Item No. 33, 18c Merton Road, and explained that although Committee had refused this application on 27th February 2019, the Appeal had been allowed; costs were not applicable.



Enforcement pdf icon PDF 7 KB

To note recent enforcement notices.


The Head of Development Management introduced the report.



Public Forum

Up to 30 minutes is allowed for this item *Democratic Services Officer check time limit for your particular Committee*


Any member of the public or Councillor may participate in Public Forum.  The detailed arrangements for so doing are set out in the Public Information Sheet at the back of this agenda.  Public Forum items should be emailed to and please note that the following deadlines will apply in relation to this meeting:-


Questions - Written questions must be received 3 clear working days prior to the meeting.  For this meeting, this means that your question(s) must be received in this office at the latest by 5 pm on *name deadline date*


Petitions and Statements - Petitions and statements must be received on the working day prior to the meeting.  For this meeting this means that your submission must be received in this office at the latest by 12.00 noon on *name deadline date*.


Please note, your time allocated to speak may have to be strictly limited if there are a lot of submissions. This may be as short as one minute.





Members of the Committee received Public Forum Statements in advance of the meeting.


The Statements were heard before the application they related to and were taken fully into consideration by the Committee prior to reaching a decision.



Planning and Development pdf icon PDF 50 KB


18/05310/F - St Catherine's Place Shopping Centre, East Street, Bedminster pdf icon PDF 6 MB


The Head of Development Management and his representative gave a presentation and summarised the report for this item highlighting the following:


This is a full planning application for comprehensive redevelopment of the site to provide mixed use development comprising 205 residential dwellings (Class C3), 1288sqm of new retail, leisure and commercial space including a cinema (Class A1, A3, D2), refurbishment of existing retail facilities together with parking and amenity space, vehicularaccess, servicing arrangements, public realm, landscaping and associated works. (Major).


The presentation included:

·         Details of the application site, background, planning history and Bedminster Green Framework;

·         Details of the application proposals, plans and visualisations;

·         Details of the key Issues and assessment of the application;

·         Details of the recommendation and reasons for refusal.


Answers for Clarification:


·           High quality play space and public realm is important due to the increase in the local population that will be generated by this scheme

·           The Strategic Transport Assessment has not been completed. This is an assessment of Bedminster Green (all development proposals) with the essential components being: cumulative impact of the developments in terms of multi modal movements and the completion of a General Arrangement drawing for the A38.

·           The STA is to be agreed with developers and the Council what is required.

·           The STA has not been agreed as matters concerning the A38 need to be resolved; an assessment of the whole of Bedminster Green is required; BCC cannot recommend approval until the whole of the assessment been made available and the package of transport mitigation measure is agreed

·           In relation to the flood risk the Environment Agency are maintaining their objection and as a consultee their views have been taken into account by Officers.

·           The applicant requested that the application be brought before the Committee at this Meeting; they could lodge an appeal for non-determination.

·           Although permission was granted previously, this is a different scheme and there are concerns about a number of issues including height, scale, amenity and lack of public realm; the development would also not be acceptable in terms of transport and highways issues.

·           Questions regarding the heights of different aspects of the scheme were clarified in response to some points made in the Public Forum.

·           Clarification over the status of the Bedminster Green Framework was provided in that it is a material consideration, but it is not afforded as much weight as the adopted policies of the Core Strategy and the Urban Living SPD.

·           Clarification was provided over the affordable housing provision and the outcome of the viability process that the proposed scheme is currently unable to provide any affordable housing to be secured via s.106 Agreement.

·           With regards to densities, clarification was provided that the NPPF did not prescribe a typical or a prescribed density, it recommends optimising the density of development in city and town centres and other locations that are well served by public transport.




·           There were mixed views from Members concerning the application

·           The scheme was not perfect but a good one;  ...  view the full minutes text for item 32.


Date of Next Meeting

22nd January 2020 at 6.00 pm.


22nd January 2020 at 6.00 pm.