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. 

Our Manifesto for Bristol [PDF] describes some key high-level principles that unite us when we work to make Bristol a better place.

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.

Forthcoming Events

Film & television industry in Bristol: 24th October 2019

Film & television industry in Bristol: 24th October 2019
Our speaker at this event, Rob Champion, is a film and television location manager and former Bristol City Council Film Officer.

Latest Posts

News

Building Liveable Neighbourhoods in Bristol

Planning Issues

BRI car park: October update

Planning Issues

Broad Plain Public Real Strategy Consultation

Balázs Győrffy

Balázs Győrffy

Blue Plaques /
A blue plaque commemorates the life of theoretical physicist Balázs Győrffy, who fled Hungary following the Russian invasion in 1956.
Former fire station

Former Fire Station: September update

Planning Issues /
Planning permission was granted on the 23rd September on Planning Officer’s recommendation to approve with the Chair’s casting vote.
Bristol Royal Infirmary: Sept 2019 update

Bristol Royal Infirmary: Sept 2019 update

Planning Issues /
There is an excellent likelihood of a happy ending to this long planning story. Unite Students have retained Alec French Architects to make a planning application which the Society unreservedly supports.
Western Harbour Road consultation

Western Harbour Road consultation

Planning Issues /
The Council has published three options to simplify the Cumberland Basin road system which was constructed in an age that championed motorway-style urban road systems. The Society is critical of the current consultation.
Silverthorne Lane: September update

Silverthorne Lane: September update

Planning Issues /
Square Bay, the developer, has now made a planning application for outline permission for plot 1 which is for an academic building for Bristol University.
Ashton Court Mansion: August 2019 update

Ashton Court Mansion: August 2019 update

Bristol City Council has acted very quickly on receipt of the report from Purcell. The City Council will be appointing agents and marketing the Mansion for disposal on a long lease, probably 99 or 125 years.
Avon Street student accommodation

Avon Street student accommodation

Planning Issues /
The Society supports student accommodation on this site which is next to Bristol University’s new Campus. We cannot support the proposed building height of 14 floors.
Former fire station

Former Fire Station: August update

Planning Issues /
The developer (Cubex) has filed revised plans that modify the height of two of the buildings in this complex. The Society considered the revisions; the original response remains unrevised.
Floating Harbour trip: 15th September 2019

Floating Harbour trip: 15th September 2019

Past Events /
As part of Bristol Open Doors weekend, the Architecture Centre is organising a series of boat trips around the Floating Harbour. The trip on 15th September is reserved for the Civic Society.
The Clean Air Plan options do not deliver till 2028!  How to respond?

The Clean Air Plan options do not deliver till 2028! How to respond?

Air Quality, Campaigns & Projects /
The consultation on the council’s transport Clean Air Plan started on 1 July and ends on 12 August. On 21 July, the modelling results for the two consultation options were published.
Redcliffe Wharf: August 2019 Update

Redcliffe Wharf: August 2019 Update

Planning Issues /
We support the Redcliffe West Residents’ objection that the extra floor would harm the historic view of Redcliffe Parade from across the Harbour.
Building Liveable Neighbourhoods in Bristol: 18th October 2019

Building Liveable Neighbourhoods in Bristol: 18th October 2019

Past Events /
Liveable neighbourhoods are much talked about but what does this term mean? Is Bristol a liveable city?