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Last revised January 17, 2018

  1. Bristol City Council – Local Planning Authority
  2. Design Guidance and standards
  3. Sustainability links and guidance
  4. Organisations
  5. Planning Policy library
  6. Planning guidance library
  7. Other

Bristol City Council – Local Planning Authority

Bristol City Council planning
Planning webpages

Bristol City Council Planning Online
Planning Application search pages

An invaluable mapping resource with layers showing planning applications, planning group boundaries, listed buildings etc
Use the version without Silverlight to access these layers.
You can also use it to upload your own information onto the maps.

Bristol City Council committee meetings, agendas and minutes
Access Development Control planning meetings ( listed under Regulatory Committees/ Appeals committee) and Conservation Advisory Panel meetings (listed under Other Meetings /Other bodies) from this page.

Bristol Local Plan
The plan for Bristol’s development up to 2026

Census information for Bristol
Statistics and census information

Conservation Areas
Bristol City Council webpage

Trees in Conservation Areas
Bristol City Council webpage

Conservation Advisory Panel Meetings
See above under Bristol City Council minutes- search under Other meetings /Other bodies

SPDs (Supplementary Planning Documents)
and PANs (Policy Advice Notes)

A guide to planning legislation and practice 
BCC guidance on How to get involved in planning decisions.

Neighbourhood Partnership 
Neighbourhood Partnerships bring public sector decision making to a local level where local residents can influence how they would like to see their neighbourhood improve.

Parks and Green Spaces Strategy: Area Green Spaces Plans
The strategy sets out the plan over the next 20 years for ensuring that people have access to good quality parks and green spaces of different types, close to where they live.

Design Guidance and standards

Building for Life 12 
Building for Life 12 is the industry standard, endorsed by Government, for well-designed homes and neighbourhoods.

Building for Life 12 Criteria 

BCC Space Standards practice note July 2011

HCA space standards

Lifetime Homes

BREEAM standards
BREEAM is the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method for buildings. It sets the standard for best practice in sustainable design and has become the de facto measure used to describe a building’s environmental performance.

Centre for Sustainable Energy
An independent charitable organisation that shares their knowledge and experience to help people change the way they think and act on energy

CSE: Plan LoCal 
Guidance on making low carbon infrastructure for groups doing neighbourhood plans

Code for Sustainable Homes
The code for sustainable homes is the national standard for the sustainable design and construction of new homes. It aims to reduce carbon emissions and promote higher standards of sustainable design above the current minimum standards set out by the building regulations.

Bristol citywide Sustainable Energy Study
evidence for the Core Strategy

Hallmarks of a Sustainable City CABE
practical and policy responses to climate change

Peak Oil Report
Building a positive future for Bristol

South West Sustainability Checklist
to help achieve best practice in built environment sustainable development in the South West


Architecture Centre, Bristol
Education events, exhibitions and information resource

Bristol Urban Design Forum
The Bristol Urban Design Forum (BUDF) is an independent group of design and environment professionals who undertake design review of specific development proposals and provide advice to Bristol City Council on urban design policy preparation

Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment CABE was the government’s advisor on architecture, urban design and public space from 1999 to 2011. See link to archived website

Centre for Sustainable Energy 

Create Centre
The Create Centre hosts a variety of environmental organisations and exhibitions.

DCLG: Communities and Local Government
Communities and Local Government webpage

English Heritage
Funded by donation by and by the Department of Culture Media and Sport, EH advises on planning applications as a statutory consultee

The Glasshouse
A registered charity that supports Community led design. Working with Locality on Neighbourhood Planning – see below.

A nationwide network for community organisations. One of the organisations which was funded in 2012-13 to help with Neighbourhood Planning.

Planning Advisory Service
General Advice and updates on planning:  for councils, councillors and the community:
information on Planning Reform

Planning Inspectorate
The work of the Planning Inspectorate includes national infrastructure planning under the Planning Act 2008 process as amended by the Localism Act 2011; processing planning and enforcement appeals; holding examinations into local plans and community infrastructure levy charging schedules.

Planning Aid 
Planning Aid is part of the RTPI.
It provides free help and advice to communities and individuals.

Planning Finder
Planning Application alert system

Royal Town Planning Institute

West of England Transport
Webpage for information about Rapid Transit network, cycling city etc

Website for transport improvements for the West of England:
Bristol, N Somerset, S Gloucestershire, Bath and NE Somerset [BANES]

Sustrans DIY Streets
Sustrans’ pioneering project helping communities tame traffic

Transition Bristol
seeks to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and promote sustainability

Greater flexibility for planning permissions: Guidance
Good practice and guidance, legislation and policy

Planning Policy library

Planning guidance library


Bristol Regional Environmental Records Centre (BRERC) is the central repository for biodiversity and geodiversity data for the ’West of England’ area: the same area as the former county of Avon.

An Online Aid to Planning Applications
from RICS and Communities & Local Government

Community Right to Build guidance.
Housing and Communities Agency.