How should our city develop? What land should be used for what? How will we fit everyone in to meet our housing demand? Where should be the centres of economic development? How will people get around? How can we develop a city that protects the environment and our citizens?

These, and more, are all questions that Bristol City Council is trying to answer, and needs your feedback. We are currently consulting on three important documents that will help dictate how the city develops in the coming years. These are:

  • The Local Plan -; This sets out the framework and policies for how Bristol will develop over the next twenty years. It will help deliver the new homes and jobs we need, shape our city for the future and safeguard the environmental assets we value. For the past year I have been sitting on a working group that has helped to guide the development of changes to the existing Local Plan. Now we want to hear from you:
  • Urban Living Supplementary Planning Document -; Working in tandem with the renewed Local Plan, this document sets out how we can make successful places at higher densities. In practical terms, this means looking at how and where we can deliver denser, taller residential buildings whilst maintaining balanced and sustainable communities, plus ensuring that the local infrastructure can support them.
  • City Centre Framework -; This document sets out aspirations for how people access and move around the City Centre. It also covers new development and enhancing public spaces, with a focus on Bristol Shopping Quarter, Old City, Castle Park, North Redcliffe and the gateway into the city from the M32. It is examining how to deliver:
    • A liveable, vibrant, safe and inclusive city centre
    • Improved walking, cycling and public transport
    • An enhanced retail and leisure offer
    • New homes, employment space, enhancement of heritage assets, public realm and green space

All of these documents individually are very important. Together they will form the basis of how Bristol develops over the coming years. If you’re interested in the subjects raised please take the time to fill the consultations in. If you would like an alternative format then I would be happy to help – contact me.

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