aboutusaimsThe Bishopston Society promotes high standards of planning and architecture in and around Bishopston, and aims to secure the preservation, protection, development and improvement of features of historic and/or public interest.

Our central aim is to maintain and improve the character, amenities and architecture of the Bishopston area of Bristol, UK. We also aim to educate the public in the geography, history, natural history and architecture of the area.

Our activities involve keeping a critical eye on planning proposals, maintaining close links with local campaigning groups, and seeking to improve the design of buildings, the environment, the amenities and facilities of Bishopston.

More specifically, we:-

  • Support proposals which enhance the environment and people’s lives, including improving pavements, dealing with litter and with offensive graffiti which have been brought to our attention
  • Keep track of planning applications and other proposals, responding to them in detail, to the Planning department, in order to provide support to local residents and encourage good design
  • Hold public meetings with speakers talking on local matters – the meeting ends with an open forum where people can bring matters that concern them to the attention of the meeting
  • Maintain close links with compatible groups - locally and elsewhere in Bristol - and co-ordinate on matters of mutual concern e.g. residents parking zones
  • Publish a half yearly newsletter for all members – whom we consult and provide support for, over a range of issues and initiatives
  • Run this website (www.bishopstonsociety.org.uk) that aims to keep you up to date and informed about local, and sometimes wider, issues

For the moment, following the retirement of Elinor Edwards and Rose Boswell, we no longer monitor as closely the way in which the Council operates the CIA (Cumulative Impact Area between the Arches and Ashley Down Road). When we find a volunteer willing to take on this role, we will resume formal consideration and comment on all applications for new alcohol licences and extended hours within this CIA to see if they improve, enhance or have a detrimental effect on our area.


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