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.

Welcome to our Planning section, revamped May 2018 to coincide with the launch of our new planning portal. A major part of the "core business" of The Bishopston Society concerns the built environment in our area, so this section includes material on our work monitoring local planning applications, wider developments, archiecture, licensing and related matters.

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 On the glorious afternoon of October 2nd 2014, there was an informal meeting held in the Dream Café on the Gloucester Road, which signalled what we hope will be a new vision for planning in Bristol.  Various representatives of local amenity societies, including The Bishopston Society, were invited to meet Barra Mac Ruairi........


26 CLAREMONT ROAD     14/03864/H

Unfortunately, we were unable to get our letter of response to this application sent in time! This application has now been granted. However, despite this, it may still be of interest to show below what our objection was to this application:

We have reviewed this application and take the view that the proposed deck (already constructed) is extremely high and domineering in relation to the houses on either side.  Furthermore, the proposed deck allows unacceptable overlooking and loss of privacy not only to the rear gardens but also to windows of habitable rooms at first floor level.  We recommend refusal.


28 RADNOR ROAD   14/04223/F

We would like to object to this application on the following grounds;

1.       Conversion of a single family house into 5 self-contained flats is overdevelopment of the site and out of keeping with the area


The two links below give very useful advice on matters relating to Planning Applications. The first one helps explain the procedures for talking at or submitting statements to Bristol's planning committee meetings (Development Control Committees), while the second one is the link to the main BCC website page for Planning applications.

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SainsburysAn application for an extension to the original planned delivery hours has been submitted by Sainsbury's. The company is now saying they would need to be able to deliver goods to the store during a 19 hour day, extending between 5 a.m. to midnight of the following day. The Bishopston Society's letter to the Planning Department, concerning this application reads:

wetherspoonsThe Bishopston Society is extremely concerned about this application from Wetherspoons for one of their pubs to be allocated at 349-353 Gloucester Road.  This marks a significant and unwelcome milestone in the current trend to ‘alcoholise’ the Gloucester Road.

GallimaufryGallimaufry (previously called the Prom Wine bar) has put in an application to extend the hours for selling alcohol, for the playing of recorded music and performance of dance. Here are the details of this application and the Bishopston Society's response to this application.


Good news. Construction work has at last begun again today, August 4th, on the Bristol North Baths conversion and the new library building next door.

alcoholThis refusal represents the first sign that the Council is taking seriously the applying of its own policy to the Gloucester Road Cumulative Impact Area. However, it is worrying that the branch of the Boston Tea Party in Whiteladies Road, which is another Cumulative Impact Area, is also applying for an extension to its licensing hours.

planningapplicationsThe following two letters, giving the opinion of the Bishopston Society regarding these two planning applications have been sent to the Planning department:

NOTE: the articles shown above are merely the most recent 10 in our Planning section. There's lots more as you'll see by clicking through to the sub-sections Commentary, Architecture, Licensing and Policies.

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