Here's some info and links available about the Redcatch Quarter development. FORP is fronting the liaison with the developers and their agents on behalf of Redcatch Park and its users
The Current Status
The Redcatch Quarter development is at Outline Planning stage. Which means it has been registered with BCC Planning Department and the information is available for the public and interested groups to review. There are 139 documents on the portal pertaining to the application and some are difficult to understand unless you are used to planning terms. But everyone is entitled to see them so please visit it via the link below and download any documents you wish to view.
The public and interested groups like FORP will be able to make comments via the portal and these will all be read by the Planning Team which is lead by Peter Westbury. Comments will be reviewed and Peter and his team will then make a decision about whether the Pre Application is accepted as is, or is denied subject to further changes being made. The deadline for comments to be submitted has been extended to end January .
We submitted the FORP comments via the portal after all the results of the Park User Survey had been gathered and summarised and in close liaison with other community groups to ensure we have a coordinated response that maximises our chance for positive outcomes for the park. This included a wish list of items for the park should the development proceed, to mitigate for the possible impacts on the park, not just during the building process but for the years after completion. This is the biggest single thing that has ever happened to the park and we understand how important it is to have the voice of the park heard. It is after all, the lungs of our small community.
There are many vested parties involved or affected by the development and we are liaising directly with all of them including:
BCC Planning, Parks & Transport
The Developers & Their Agents
Redcatch Community Garden
Knowle Park Football Club
Knowle Neighbourhood Planning Group is made up of volunteers comprising experienced planning professionals and others with relevant experience with regard to building developments as well as individual residents passionate about the community of Knowle. KNPG's job is to analyse the plans and shine a light on all potential issues which may affect the community, area and possible future residents of the development. They do this for all developments in Knowle, not just RQ. We are very confident in the expertise of KNPG to do the diligence and call into question all necessary points on behalf of the community of Knowle. FORP are working closely with them but are concentrating only on the direct affect the development may have on the park itself and its users.
Once all the comments submitted on the planning portal have been gathered and reviewed by the planning department, there is then a Planning Committee Meeting to discuss the report and recommendations submitted by the Case Officer Peter Westbury. The public are allowed to submit comments for consideration at this meeting. There will also be public statements allowed at the meeting.
This meeting was scheduled to be February 1st but has now been postponed and a new date has not yet been given.
We will be keeping you apprised of developments as they happen. But if you have any specific questions then please get in touch via the contact page and we will try to assist.