Through our working groups, we seek to influence new developments of buildings and public spaces, and new planning and transport policy. And we monitor planning applications.
The groups are listed below, with contact details. New group members are always welcome.
Major Sites Group
The Major Sites Group engages with developers, the council's planning department, and other interest groups to secure the satisfactory development of complex major sites.
The group aims to:
- work with local groups to help achieve the community's aspirations through involvement in the development process,
- contribute to the regeneration, renewal and environmental enhancement of the city and its neighbourhoods,
- promote sustainable living.
Planning Policy Group
The Planning Policy Group engages with the council's planning department, sub-regional planning bodies, and with councillors and MPs to ensure that planning policy strikes the right balance, placing an emphasis on environmental and social objectives, and making ‘sustainability’ an essential part of a balanced approach.
The group takes an interest in any issues of cross-Bristol significance, for example the plans for how Bristol should grow across the different parts of the city.
Public Spaces Group
The Public Spaces Group focuses on the spaces between buildings, because the spaces between buildings are just as important as the buildings themselves. It aims to be proactive and do tangible things, as well as reacting to the planning system when it considers public spaces. It tends to look at central areas, because they are of general interest and less likely to be covered by local groups. But other areas are not ruled out.
The group started in June 2010. A first initiative is for the ‘bear-pit’ at St James Barton roundabout, in conjunction with other interested parties.
Contact the group convenor, Alan Morris
Transport Group members work together to formulate the group's views on transport policy. The group works with the Transport for Greater Bristol Alliance to engage with the council's planning department, the sub-regional planning body, and with councillors and MPs to ensure that transport policy and land-use policy strike the right balance, making ‘sustainability’ an essential part of a balanced approach.
Planning Applications Group
The Planning Applications Group monitors development proposals to help ensure that the design enhances locally distinctive character and fits in with the surroundings and historical context. And that the detailed design adds to the beauty and the diversity of the cityscape.
The group meets every three weeks to review a selection of the latest planning applications submitted to the council. The group makes comments where appropriate that are considered when councillors meet to consider the applications.
We engage with developers and the council to help ensure high standards of community involvement. For certain developments, we facilitate the community involvement process to help ensure that the outcome meets the needs of those that live and work there.
We also work with other groups. The Society is a prime mover in the Bristol Neighbourhood Planning Network – a network partnership of planning and amenity groups across Bristol, and we join with a network group whenever there is a common interest.
Sustainable Urban Design
We work to promote good urban design principles, both at city-wide level and at building and street level, in order to influence the shape of the city in which we live. We are especially interested in promoting holistic principles that cut across departmental boundaries.
We work with the LA21 Land Use Group.