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.

Responding to the news in The Sunday Times (4 August) that Government is considering relaxing planning restrictions to allow empty retail units to be turned into housing, Paula Ridley, Chair of Civic Voice said:                            

Site address:
Ground Floor, 18 Gloucester Road, Bishopston, Bristol BS7 8AE.
Description of development:
Change of use of ground floor from retail Class A1 to Cafe/Restaurant A3 use in conjunction with the adjacent premises, The Blue Lagoon, 20 Gloucester Road, Bishopston, BS7 8AE.

To Bristol City Council Planning Department:
Application No 13/02339/F – 18 Gloucester Road - change of use of ground floor from retail Class A1 to Cafe/Restaurant A3 in conjunction with adjacent premises – The Blue Lagoon, 20 Gloucester Road

The Bishopston Society has heard from some of our members about the proposal to extend the school further. Though we understand the pressure for providing more primary school places in Bishopston, we share the concern of local residents, we would like to offer some suggestions, prior to the formal application.

The website editor, writing to his local MP, Stephen Williams, about his concern over the new 'lax' regulations relating to house extensions has now received the following reply:

The following letter has been sent by our secretary to Bristol City Council Planning Department:

The reply from the Government to the Bishopston Society's request that the Sainsbury's planning application be 'called in' reads as follows:

To the National Planning Casework Unit: PROPOSED SUPERMARKET ON MEMORIAL STADIUM 12/02090

The Bishopston Society are concerned at the decision by the Planning Committee to grant permission for the new supermarket and would recommend that it is ‘called in’ by the Secretary of State for review prior to a final decision being made.

This is a copy of the Bishopston Society's letter to the Planning department:

The recent period has been relatively quiet on the planning front with few significant applications.


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