This section provides a commentary on planning applications and developments and the work we do in this area. From June 2018 it relies on links to our new planning portal for details of specific applications, and complements this by offering a broader thematic treatment. Also from June 2018, this section covers individual planning applications and wider developments, which were previously presented in separate sections.

 aerial shot of bristolNeil Embleton presents his planning review for Summer 2019

What is so special about Bristol which makes it such an attractive place to live? We love Bristol because of its rich culture, diversity and sense of being part of history. Bristol has the feeling of being a real place with deep roots and a strong character.

Bristol Airport expansion plans  This article  from The Bristol Cable, even though published back in May, is still entirely relevant, perhaps even more so as Extinction Rebellion Bristol gains momentum over the last three months.


carriageworksA revised planning application has been submitted by PG, the developers of the Carriageworks/Westmoreland House site which increases the scale of the buildings, both in height and density. You can see these changes to the plans and how you can comment on these on the Carriageworks website here


475 Former United Free Methodist Chapel CopyApplication Summary: Address: 102 Gloucester Road Bishopston Bristol BS7 8BN
Proposal: Construction of 9 x (2 bedroom flats) over extended ground floor retail area, following part demolition of ground and first areas, and conversion of loft area to create office space.

tall buildings 2Dear Planning Department,

We have studied the Local Plan's Draft Policies in some detail and consider that the overall direction is positive for a more sustainable ever-expanding Bristol in the future.

P1060479Wetherspoon are about to try for a fourth time to put in an application to develop the derelict site on the Gloucester Road. The Bishopston Society has always objected to this application and our reasons for doing so are set out here

Joint west of englandThe 7 page document submitted by Sustrans in response to the consultation on the West of England JLTP4 is very well considered and recommended reading for anyone concerned about prioritising other forms of transport over private cars.

local planThe complete Local Plan document is a somewhat daunting one which requires a lot of reading! However, see our article alerting you to some of the important issues raised by the document here. Focusing on those aspects relating to our local area becomes a much more realistic task.

muller roadTwo new supermarkets on Muller Road plus plans for 1000 new houses in Lockleaze in next few years will result in even heavier traffic along this major north/south arterial road that feeds directly onto the M32.

Merton road 2Back in November 2018, The Bishopston Society responded with a strongly worded objection to a planning application for two industrial units and a storage unit at 18C Merton Road - an application which seemed to completely ignore the serious detrimental effect it would have on the property and lives of adjacent residents.