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

Theatre blue plaque unveiling: 31st May 2019

Theatre blue plaque unveiling: 31st May 2019
The Bristol Civic Society and Acorn Property Group announce the unveiling of a blue plaque to mark the establishment in 1729 of a new theatre in Jacob's Wells Road.

Latest Posts

News

Future travel choices event slides

Planning Issues

Temple Island residential proposals

Events

Theatre blue plaque unveiling: 31st May 2019

Former fire station

Former Fire Station: update

Planning Issues /
Cubex, who have redeveloped Finzel’s Reach, have applied for planning consent to demolish and redevelop the former Fire Service HQ building on the south side of Counterslip.
Film & television industry in Bristol: October 2019

Film & television industry in Bristol: October 2019

Events /
The event will examine the film and television industry in Bristol.
Ashton Court

Ashton Court Mansion: 22nd May 2019

Past Events /
A Civic Society meeting arranged for the presentation of the consultant’s options report. Scheduled for 4pm.
Joint Local Transport Plan

Joint Local Transport Plan

Planning Issues /
The JLTP was out to consultation in February/March 2019. It covers similar ground to the recently consulted Bristol Transport Strategy, but covering the wider West of England area.
Silverthorne Lane, St Philips

Silverthorne Lane, St Philips

Planning Issues /
The Society strongly supports this massive redevelopment of former industrial land that runs from the Avon Street Bridge east to the St. Philip’s Causeway along the north bank of the Feeder Canal.
A convenient development

A convenient development

Planning Issues /
An imaginative proposal to convert a fine Edwardian building at the junction of Woodland Road and Park Row into a café gets Civic Society support.
A balanced approach to commercial and residential development

A balanced approach to commercial and residential development

Planning Issues /
The Planning Application Group takes a balanced view of the conversion of commercial buildings for residential use.
Bus stop and car

What’s happening with transport in Bristol in 2019

News /
Report of a very well-attended event on 20th March at Broadmead Baptist Church, including the four presentations in PDF format.
BRI car park: March update

BRI car park: March update

Planning Issues /
A Planning Committee has refused the BRI’s planning application for a multi-storey car park.
Broadwalk, Knowle

Broadwalk Shopping Centre: March update

Planning Issues /
The proposals for Knowle Broadwalk have generated a large public response which was mainly positive. A planning committee has granted planning permission.
4-16 Clifton Down Road

4-16 Clifton Down Road

Planning Issues /
There is a fourth proposal by THAT Group to develop this boarded-up island site in the centre of Clifton Village. Former occupants included WH Smith and Splinter’s Café.
AGM

Annual General Meeting: 4th June 2019

Events /
Bristol Civic Society warmly welcomes its members and friends to this year’s Annual General Meeting which will take place at 7.30pm on Tuesday 4th June.