Bristol Council has been consulting again on an Urban Living Supplementary Planning Document (SPD). ‘Urban Living’ is a policy that prioritises housing growth in certain city areas, with denser development, primarily on brownfield sites. The Society responded to the earlier consultation and has now responded to this revised version.
Whilst the Society supports the purpose of the Urban Living SPD, we do not think that the revised draft has responded sufficiently to the weight of consultation responses on the earlier draft, and it should be more cautionary and more explicit about the acceptability of tall buildings. If too many tall buildings are built, it will make Bristol more like other cities (or areas of cities), and the special quality of Bristol might well be lost.
We said that:
- The SPD should give a balanced appraisal of alternative building forms that achieve densification without building tall.
- The SPD should not be partisan in favour of tall buildings. A policy document should use measured terminology.
- The policy tests for tall buildings need to be strengthened.
- We support the guidance given on location of areas with potential for intensification.
Bristol Civic Society’s full response.