“Should Bristol become a high rise city?” The conclusion of the three expert speakers at the Bristol Civic Society’s March 5 event was an unambiguous no. Tall buildings are bad for the environment, and bad for happiness.
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.
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 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.
Bristol mayor Marvin Rees said: “I want Bristol’s skyline to grow. Years of low level buildings and a reluctance to build up in an already congested city is a policy I am keen to change”. In Bristol 24/7 Bristol Civic Society’s John Frenkel responded.