Who are we and what do we do?

Bristol Civic Society is an independent, voluntary organisation that exists to improve Bristol’s built environment and celebrate its heritage. We have existed as a society for over 100 years. Through our working groups, we seek to influence the development of major sites, and new planning and transport policy. And we monitor planning applications. New group members are always welcome. 

We put on a varied events programme. In addition to this website, we publish Better Bristol (in the spring and autumn each year) and send out (by email) regular e-bulletins and event notifications. We are an active and friendly organisation with over 400 members from all walks of life.

Latest Posts

Portwall Gate
Planning Issues

Portwall Gate – October update

Cargo Work in Wapping Wharf
Planning Issues

Cargo Work – October update

Front views of Edward Everard building
Planning Issues

The Edward Everard Building: October update

Moxy Hotel update

The developer (Vastint Hospitality) has filed revised plans that make cosmetic changes to the proposed street elevations. The Society opposes the current design.

Urban Living SPD – revised version

Bristol Council has been consulting again on an Urban Living Supplementary Planning Document. ‘Urban Living’ is a policy that prioritises housing growth in certain city areas, with denser development, primarily on brownfield sites.

Update October 2018

The Purcell Study investigating options for the Ashton Court Mansion is nearly finished. We understand that an initial draft has been delivered to the City Council and comments and feedback are awaited.

The Old Brewery

The Society supports the redevelopment of the site at 1-3 Ashton Road (the Old Brewery) with an intensified density. However, the Society does not support the height of the two blocks of flats

Air pollution in Bristol

The health impacts of air pollution are well known. Alan Morris delves behind the headlines on air pollution and proposes actions to improve it.

Student Award

Each year Bristol Civic Society presents an award for an outstanding piece of work by a graduating student from the Faculty of Environment and Technology at the University of the West of England. Here is the 2018 winning project by Lewis Hill.

Cinematic Bristol – 29th November 2018

Four films, capturing the evocative, changing streetscape of our city. Time and place to be confirmed.

In the planning for 2019

Events planned for 2019.

Visit to Finzels Reach, 9th October 2018

A walking tour of this new city quarter taking in Castle Bridge, the conversion of the former Brewery buildings and the construction of new buildings on this densely developed site.

Visit to Bristol Airport

Mr Mark Herbert, one of two planners at Bristol Airport hosted a group of 40 Civic Society members to talk about the history and future development of the South West and Wales premier regional airport.

Visit of the Salisbury Civic Society

Members of Salisbury Civic Society paid a return visit to Bristol following the Bristol Civic Society visit to Salisbury last year.

Visit to Bristol Airport – 6th September 2018

Civic Society members will hear a presentation from Mike Herbert (of Bristol airport) on the future vision for the airport, covering planning and development.