Planning Issues

Wilder Street image
Planning Issues

Stokes Croft

Cargo Work in Wapping Wharf
Planning Issues

Cargo Work – Wapping Wharf

Seawalls cafe and toilet drawings
Planning Issues

Seawalls cafe and toilets

Planning Issues

Front views of Edward Everard building

The Edward Everard Building and NatWest Court

A proposal to renovate and reuse the empty offices in the Edward Everard Building to deliver a mixed-use scheme of a hotel, serviced apartments, a residential block, co-working space, and retail units.

Advert/phone kiosks

In recent weeks, there has been a surge in applications for advert/phone kiosks. No less than 25 applications have been made for dual sided screens offering telephone and wifi access.

Taviner’s Buildings Prewett Street

On the corner of Somerset Street and Prewett Street, the scheme would comprehensively redevelop and regenerate a brownfield site between Proctor House and Broughton House, part of the Council’s Redcliffe estate.

Little Paradise, Bedminster

The Society welcomes the Dandara Group’s proposal to demolish and redevelop buildings that do not contribute to the vitality and appearance the area, but it regrets that it cannot support the current scheme.

City Point Temple Gate Bristol BS1 6PL

The menace of LED advertising screens

For several years the Society’s Planning Applications Group has been campaigning to limit the spread of LED advertising screens. In recent weeks, there has been a surge in applications for LED advertising screens. No less than 25 applications have been made for dual sided screens offering telephone and wifi access.

Aerial photograph of the city

City Centre Framework

Bristol Council has been consulting on a draft City Centre Framework, covering a relatively small part of the city centre – Old City, Lewins Mead, Broadmead, bottom of M32, Castle Park, North Redcliffe.

St Mary's Hospital

St Mary’s Hospital

On the 25th May 2018, the Council granted planning permission for the redevelopment of the St Mary’s Hospital site to create a student housing development of 153 bedspaces.

BRI Charity Universal Building

Bristol Royal Infirmary

Historic England have two assessments to make in parallel. An application to list the building and an application from Unite Students for a Certificate of Immunity from listing. This was the Society’s response.

Tall buildings and densification

Bristol City Council is reviewing its approach to increasing the density of development in the city, which will replace its tall buildings policies. It has consulted on draft policies. Following the Mayor’s lead, the policies encourage tall buildings.

Bristol from the Floating Harbour

Local Plan review and Urban Living SPD

Bristol Council has been consulting on proposed changes to the Local Plan policies. A particular theme is ‘Urban Living’, one that prioritises housing growth in certain city areas, with denser development, primarily on brownfield sites.

4 16 Clifton Down Road

Clifton Down Road

In February the THAT Group presented new proposals to redevelop this site to provide a range of retail units, offices and cafe/restaurant space and public realm improvements shown in the computer image (CGI).

north-east quarter of Broadmead shopping area

Callowhill Court

On the 10th January 2018, a Planning Committee approved the outline plan for the demolition and redevelopment of the north-east quarter of the Broadmead shopping area.

Moxy hotel

Moxy Hotel

Facing Newfoundland Circus, Vastint Hospitality propose to construct a stepped seven-storey, 214-bedroom hotel at 55-83 Newfoundland Road from modular units.


Joint Spatial Plan

The Joint Spatial Plan for the West of England sub-region sets out plans to 2036 for housing growth and new employment locations, and also the infrastructure that will be required to support it.


Nuffield Hospital

The Society supports residential use and the removal of the unsympathetic extensions behind the main building. The Society regrets that it cannot support the third proposed scheme.

Redland Court

Redland Court

Kersfield Developments have submitted a full planning application to redevelop and reuse the now vacant site. The project will conserve and reuse the Grade II* listed Redland Court in a residential conversion.

Temple Meads Campus

Temple Meads Campus

The University has applied for outline planning permission for a new science/engineering led Campus. The Council has agreed to demolish the former Post Office Parcels Sorting Office to enable the University to build on the former Cattle Market site.

Tyndall Avenue

Tyndall Avenue

The University has announced that it will bring forward its ‘Tyndall Place Programme’. The intention is to establish a strong identity at the University’s heart by developing a pedestrian-focused high quality public space.

21 St Thomas Street

21 St. Thomas Street, Redcliffe

The major Redcliff Quarter regeneration scheme stands on the opposite side of St. Thomas Street. The developer has planning permission to demolish the existing 1960s, 5-storey office building.

4 Glass Wharf

Glass Wharf

The proposed office building and would contain 7 floors above a ground floor of office accommodation. A bridge will link it to next door office building, 3 Glass Wharf.

Generator House

The Generator Building

The Society strongly supports this regeneration development. Bristol was the first city in Britain to build an electric tram service. In 1899 the Grade II* listed Generator Building was opened to supply power to the trams.

Old Brewery Ashton

The Old Brewery

Change Real Estate, the developer, and their architects the Nash Partnership have applied to redevelop this 0.47 ha site in Southville to deliver about 148 new homes and 2,000 of commercial space.

McArthurs warehouse 1

McArthur’s Warehouse

On the 29th November 2017 Councillors approved the planning application. The Society supported the redevelopment but joined Historic England and the Bristol Urban Design Forum in their criticism of the height of the scheme.

Redcliffe Wharf scheme

Redcliffe Wharf

On the 15th November 2017 Councillors approved the redevelopment scheme for Redcliffe Wharf, which will commence in the New Year.

29 31 Portland Square

Portland Square

The developer has filed their planning application for Portland Square, which the Society supports. The scheme would reinstate the terrace with materials to match the existing elevations.


Nelson Street

The Society has commented on draft plans for Nelson Street. These comments follow an on-site visit. The plans, funded by the Cycling Ambition Fund programme, include a segregated contraflow cycle lane.

Ambulance station

Former Ambulance Station

On the 29th November 2017, Councillors approved this planning application on the planning officer’s recommendation. The Society is disappointed with the outcome of the planning process that could have produced a much better scheme.

Bath Road

493-499 Bath Road

The site is largely cleared of buildings except for the Coop’s derelict former furniture factory, a Moderne-style that faces Bath Road. The Society supports the construction of higher-density housing in this area.

Bath Road former filling station

Bath Road Totterdown

The Hadley Property Group proposes to construct 159 apartments in a 16-storey residential tower (14 above street level) with lower blocks facing the Bath Road. Commercial space will be along the riverside area.

Temple Meads Campus1

Temple Quarter Campus

The University of Bristol proposes to build a new £300m Campus in the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone. The Campus will occupy the sites of the former cattle market and part of the former diesel depot, which it will share with the Arena