CivicVoiceAppearing on the Daily Politics Show, Griff Rhys Jones, President of Civic Voice, has spoken out about the ambiguity of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

Griff said ““To have a presumption in favour of brownfield sites is not the same as having a policy that brownfield sites should be built on first.


Over the past three years the Wild City Project has organised a series of events and worked with park groups and others on many of the City’s remarkable and varied nature reserves.

TrasHorfield are now considering whether to take Bristol Rovers' Stadium case to Court of Appeal.

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FriendsOfBristolMuseumsMessage from Sue Thurlow, Chairman of the Friends of Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives:

Bristol Record Office is delighted to be taking part in ‘Know Your Bristol On The Move’, a range of new community projects exploring local heritage and culture.

Commissioned by PFI developers Carillion, Willis Newson is working with Fresh Arts, the ongoing arts programme at North Bristol NHS Trust, to deliver a major public art programme for the new £430m super hospital on the Southmead site in Bristol. Find out more here:

JerryHicks     Jerry Hicks died peacefully at the weekend. One of our members says, ''Jerry Hicks was a true visionary and Renaissance Man! Bristol has to thank him for many things, particularly in helping to change the direction of planning from the 1960's onwards......


Daniella's latest newsletter covers a wide range of topics - 24 in total - including 'Walking Maps Project', 'Horfield Common Pond', 'Big Green Week', 'Debate - Should we build less and reuse more?', 'Bristol Woman magazine is looking for funding'.....

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Welcoming the announcement from the Local Government Association that councils should be able to decide for themselves via the planning system whether betting shops are needed (published 1 February) Freddie Gick, Chair of Civic Voice said:

The link to the following article seems worth offering to our readers who are concerned about the present problems of floods, both local and national. And we are grateful to Clive Stevens and the Bristol Tree Forum for alerting us to it: drowning in money  See also: guardian article

One of the very few surviving ‘green’ areas in the urban surroundings of Redland and Bishopston is imminently threatened by development.  This is the site of the old New Church building on the corner of Cranbrook, Kersteman and Elton Roads.