Coinciding with a wider revamp of the Planning section of this web site, the Portal provides a view of selected planning applications in Bishopston via a friendly interactive map and easy-to-use and informative local database.
Nick Plant, Society Chair, said "The workings of the local planning system seem to be under challenge in the light of Bristol City Council's austerity measures, so now is the time more the ever for organisations like us to keep local planning applications under scrutiny and hold the planners to account. We hope that this initiative will help do this as well as sustain our commitment to enhancing the character of Bishopston by monitoring applications."
Examples of this urgent need became very evident just as the Portal was being prepared for launch. The return of the infamous Wetherspoons applications from years gone by, and the controversy about an antisocial late night café at 164 Gloucester Road, are amongst the recent applications we've made representations over.
- Our revamped Planning section and its cleaner focus on Applications, Commentary, Architecture and Policies
- "About the Bishopston Planning Portal" for more details of the background, aims and operation of our new portal
- The Bishopston Planning Portal itself for direct access to the new system
- The first in our new series of commentaries on planning applications featured in the Portal, ie "More ugly loft conversions and café developments feature in latest planning applications" (includes our commentary on the Weatherspoons and café applications mentioned above).