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

From Brycgstow to Bristol in 45 Bridges: 16th October 2019

Bridges-Walk-Map
Each one of Bristol’s bridges has a fascinating story which is woven intimately into the 1,000 year history of the city. When and why was it built? What was involved in its design, engineering and construction? Jeff Lucas's talk explains.

Latest Posts

Planning Issues

Western Harbour Road consultation

Planning Issues

Silverthorne Lane: September update

Ashton Court Mansion

Ashton Court Mansion: August 2019 update

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

Events /
Liveable neighbourhoods are much talked about but what does this term mean? Is Bristol a liveable city?
Taviner's Building Update: July 2019

Taviner’s Building Update: July 2019

Planning Issues /
The revised proposal is an improvement but still includes the demolition of the former Bell public house. The Society continues to object to this.
Ashton Court Mansion - a project for the people

Ashton Court Mansion – a project for the people

The only feasible solution for Ashton Court is the creation of a “not for profit” organisation, such as a charitable trust or social enterprise. Such an organisation would assume responsibility for the management of the Mansion, providing long-term focus and vision.
2-18 Stokes Croft

2-18 Stokes Croft

Planning Issues /
This proposal would build 245 units of student accommodation and ground floor commercial space on the southside of Stokes Croft with a return frontage on Moon Street.
Bath Road former filling station

Bath Road, Totterdown: June update

Planning Issues /
The planning committee by a majority of 8 to 2 accepted the Planning Department’s report and granted planning permission.
Study visit to St Phillips: 28th August 2019

Study visit to St Phillips: 28th August 2019

Past Events /
We have arranged a study visit to look at historic buildings and structures in St Phillips. The walk will be led by David Martyn from Bristol City Council.
Visit to Bridgwater and Hinkley Point C: 13th August 2019

Visit to Bridgwater and Hinkley Point C: 13th August 2019

Past Events /
The Society is planning a visit to Bridgwater and Hinkley Point C.