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BIAS Planning Advice

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This page gives help on how to protest against an application

You can also search for planning applications, decisions, site histories and appeals via

If to be discussed at Committee, from the Wednesday before the committee date, a copy of the officer's report and recommendation can be seen at:
The council's website or The Reception Area, The Council House, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TR.

Whilst this report will have a recommendation to either grant or refuse permission, it is important to note that this recommendation does not mean that the decision has already been taken, as the decision now rests entirely with the elected members.

Do look at this report and write accordingly to before 12 noon on Tuesday 30 October 2012.

You have a right to attend the meeting, and you are able to make a statement to the committee, subject to advance notice being received. Further information on making a statement is contained in the leaflet titled “Having your say at Bristol City Council's Development Control Committees”. Please note that the statement should be sent to the Democratic Services Team by 12 noon on the day before the committee meeting and not to me or the case officer. To find out what happened at the committee meeting, you could telephone us from mid-day on the day following the meeting or you may visit the council's web site

Planning applications considered

Have a look at planning applications considered to see if you can help.
This page shows some of the applications we have been involved in.

National and local planning Policies

Planning Policies (updated 21 January 2013). Look also at the Bristol City Council planning pages for futher definitions of the policy statements.

Local Listing

October 2015: Local List of valued buildings: The Bristol Local List was adopted by the Council in October 2015, and is a collection of heritage assets have been identified through conservation area appraisal or via public comments. They are not protected in law as are Listed Buildings or Scheduled Ancient Monuments, but they are defined in the National Policy Planning Framework ( para 135) and must be taken into account when determining a planning application. Further information can be found on the Council website, and you can see the list as a layer on ‘Know Your Place’.

BRISTOL CITY COUNCIL is to be congratulated on approving a policy in 2012 to include a Local List in their Planning policies. The Statutory List - which is a Statutory List of Buildings of Architectural and Historic Interest (Grades I, II, II*) is usually held in local Central Libraries, on English Heritage internet sites and LA offices. The Statutory List is of buildings mostly prior to 1840 which are of Architectural Interest and remain largely unaltered.

There are, however, a number of pre-1840 vernacular buildings, particularly those built of LOCAL STONE, which unless they are in a Conservation Area, have no protection. It is important that these are picked up now and if they cannot qualify for the Statutory Lists, be put forward for LOCAL LISTING.

Over the centuries, Bristol has over-run many farms, hamlets and villages in Gloucester, Somerset, pre-1840 maps of these counties will sometimes show hamlets and villages, giving a clue where earlier buildings might exist. Stone buildings in the old Kingswood Forest might be of particular interest and old pubs in particular are often unlisted, all over the Region.

Include a clear photo and info about the buildings concerned. It is particularly important to pick up pre-1840 buildings not in Conservation Areas.

Conservation Planning Advice and how to comment on applications

Ring Kingsley Fulbrook (922 2966) who deals with conservation matters, if you are concerned about a development changing the appearance of the original building and it's grounds in a Conservation area.

Power to the People. How to fight a successful campaign

These notes are especially relevent to the successful campaign to save Totnes Pumping Station
  1. Find out the history of the site, and establish its redeeming features and put it on the web. State its cultural significance, whether of national, regional or local importance. State if any famous people people associated with it
  2. Take some photos, especially when changes are taking place and put them on the web
  3. Prepare a flier for distribution detailing who to contact, suggest points of concern, identify planning aplications, dates to write by etc
  4. Keep a diary on the web of good/bad changes to keep everyone informed
  5. Put the names and contact details of the developers, planning officers, site champion on the web
  6. Contact the planners and enforcement officers if you have concerns about a particular building that you feel is worth saving and tell them what your concerns are
  7. Contact your local councillors
  8. Contact the local newspapers if you are getting nowhere with the Council
  9. Contact the local radio stations
  10. Contact the local television station
  11. Contact your local MP (don't forget to include your address in the subject line if you are sending an email because they give priority for emails sent by local constituents
  12. Contact English Heritage
  13. Contact relevent Societies such as Industrial Archaeology, Georgian, Victorian, Civic Trust, local history
  14. Contact celebrities who would be useful to the cause. Jeremy Clarkson was a worthy ally regarding Brunel!

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