SORRY! PLANNING PORTAL OUT OF ACTION: We are sorry to have to announce that The Bishopston Planning Portal is currently out of action. For technical reasons beyond our control, much of the information gathered via the portal is not currently being updated automatically, and therefore the portal does not currently provide a reliable indication of the details or status of planning applications. You may still view it, but beware of misleading results please. We are working to develop a fix for this problem. Bristol City Council's online planning database at remains the definitive source of information.

This is a well laid out document that is the industry standard, endorsed by government for well designed homes and neighbourhoods,

that local communities, local authorities and developers are invited to use to stimulate conversations about creating good places to live.

The document poses a series of questions to consider. The answers should then facilitate and guide the process of deciding on the quality of proposed and existing developments. This therefore offers invaluable help for both individuals and community groups as well as local authorities when confronted with making decisions on planning applications, particularly for medium to large scale developments.

The pdf file can be read here:


The advice in 'The Sign of a Good Place to Live'- Building for Life' was published in 2012 by the Building for Life Partnership, CABE at the Design Council, Design for Homes and the Home Building Federation with the assistance of Nottingham Trent University.

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