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Frequently asked questions

What does this have to do with the last consent for the redevelopment of the McArthur’s Warehouse site?

This site has a long planning history. There was a planning application with conservation area consent to demolish the existing structures in 2005. However, the previous permission for residential and mixed use development was not built because it was not financially viable, largely due to the amount and type of commercial space. In short the proposed mix of uses was not consistent with market realities.

This has given Linden Homes the opportunity to start with a clean slate and progress a new, mainly residential plan for the site. With a residentially led scheme, Linden hopes to regenerate this site whilst providing a positive addition to the local community.

Linden Homes is keen to engage with local stakeholders and include feedback from the public in its emerging proposals to make sure that the redevelopment of the McArthur’s Warehouse site is a positive addition to Bristol’s vibrant harbourside.

What is going to happen to the existing building?

In the last 20 years the building has sat vacant and become significantly deteriorated. Our proposals will include an application for consent to demolish the existing structure. Conservation area consent to demolish the building has been granted in the past but these permissions have expired and will need to be applied for again.

As part of the application process, we will need to conduct building studies to provide evidence to the Council that the building cannot be retained. Similar studies done on the building in in the past showed that retention was not a reasonable option. The building has only deteriorated further since.

Our scheme will seek to redevelop the site in a way that is sympathetic to the existing structure, history and character of the area.

What will the new development look like?

It is not known at this stage what the development will look like. Feedback gathered so far has suggested that people would like to see the grittiness of this area of harbourside maintained in any new development. When the time comes to draft plans for design, the project team will take into consideration the history and context of the area and materials and architectural styles will be chosen to complement this. We are still seeking feedback on design and materials. Fill out a feedback form and let us know your ideas.

What kind of commercial space are you proposing?

We have not yet decided exactly what kind of commercial space will be provided. Feedback received so far has suggested light industrial space for the local maritime industries; studio or workshop space for the creative businesses in the area, and community spaces such as a local shop or multi-purpose community facility would be most desirable. We are still seeking your feedback on the type of commercial units that we should offer. Fill out a feedback form and let us know what you think the commercial space should provide.

How will you deal with the noise produced by the working dockyard?

Protecting the future of one of the few remaining working dockyards is important to us. There are many different measures that can be implemented within the design and layout of the site that can help reduce the level of noise that residents will be able to hear. We will take all noise reduction measures into consideration as the plans for the scheme progress.

What is going to happen to the ‘harbourside loop’?

Any scheme that we seek permission to develop on this site will include a pedestrian and cycle signage system, which will facilitate the harbourside walk through the site. The public access that currently exists through the site would be maintained and improved by any scheme we submit to the Council.

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