George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol said:
"This massive out-of-town development will see Cribbs Causeway nearly double in size and create a retail area that is larger than the whole of Swindon’s town centre! There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that this is bad news for Bristol and Bath and businesses in the neighbouring areas.
"I have seen reports which state that one in twelve shops in Bristol city centre could close down and we could see a £150 million decrease in retail turnover here, that is over 10% of the current total. Cribbs Causeway would take away a substantial amount of trade from independent businesses that thrive here in Bristol, taking the gloss of the applicants’ bland claims that the development would create thousands of jobs and contribute millions to the local economy. The reverse would be true for Bristol.
"I am also extremely concerned that there has not been a proper assessment regarding the damaging impact that this development will have on transport. It is bound to have a serious impact on local traffic congestion, particularly in Henbury, Westbury-on-Trym, Southmead, Horfield and Lockleaze. I also believe this development would result in a worsening of local air quality and an increase in greenhouse gas emissions. This flies in the face of existing government policy surrounding major developments.
"Over the next few weeks I shall be speaking with local businesses and seeking their advice about the best way forward. I will also be raising this issue directly with the Secretary of State, Greg Clark, as I do not want to see our high streets damaged by a poorly planned development that could have devastating consequences for Bristol, Bath and beyond."