Building for Life 12

January 17, 2018

Latest version of the Building for Life 12 document is now available here

Building for Life 12 is a government-endorsed industry standard for well-designed homes and neighbourhoods. Local communities, local authorities and developers are encouraged to use it to guide discussions about creating good places to live.

Building for Life 12 (BfL12) is led by three partners: Cabe at the Design Council, Design for Homes and the Home Builders Federation, supported by Nottingham Trent University.

It was redesigned in 2012 to reflect the National Planning Policy Framework’s commitment not only to build more homes, but better homes, such as can be achieved when local communities participate in the place-making process and help identify how development can be shaped to accommodate both new and existing communities. The questions are therefore designed to help structure discussions between local communities, local planning authorities, developers and other stakeholders.

BfL12 is also designed to help local planning authorities assess the quality of proposed and completed developments; it can be used for site-specific briefs and can also help to structure design codes and local design policies.

Quarterly meeting dates 2018

December 21, 2017

Tuesday 9th January      5.30 – 7.00

The Writing Room, City Hall


Tuesday 10th April         5.30-7.00

The Library, City Hall


Tuesday 10th July          5.30-7.00

The Library, City Hall


Tuesday 9th October      5.30-7.00

The Writing Room, City Hall

Viability appraisals are to be made a planning application requirement in Bristol

November 5, 2017

At the next Development Control Committee B meeting on 8th November 2017, the head of Development Management is presenting a paper to the committee asking for approval of the requirement for a viability report to be submitted as part of a major application. This is in response to the issue of current residential development proposals failing to achieve the level of affordable housing as set out in the Core Strategy.

See the full report here.

Raynsford Review

October 24, 2017

The Raynsford Review of Planning has been set up to identify how the Government can reform the English planning system to make it fairer, better resourced and capable of producing quality outcomes, while still encouraging the production of new homes.

It will be informed by a task force chaired by former planning minister Nick Raynsford and will include politicians, housing providers, developers, consultants, academics and the public.

Evidence will be collected over an 18-month period (beginning in late June 2017) and a report formally presented at all major party conferences in autumn 2018.

read the background papers here 

Responses are to be submitted by 31 October 2017

Delivering the value of planning

November 6, 2016

The Royal Town Planning Institute has published a report on the value of planning and its contribution to sustainable economic growth.

You can read the report here.

Neighbourhood Planning tutorials

July 11, 2016

My Neighbourhood Neighbourhood Planning Tutorials from Locality are available here

Interactive development sites and designations map launched.

July 2, 2016

An interactive Local Plan Policies Map is now available on Bristol City Council’s Local Plan webpage.

This will be integrated with the wider BCC mapping tool Pinpoint in due course.

Locality Up Front newsletter

May 22, 2016

The May 2016 edition of the Up Front newsletter, the monthly e bulletin on Neighbourhood Planning is now available here

Reducing planning regulations to support housing, high streets and growth.

May 22, 2016

Over the last 3-4 years, DCLG has conducted a technical consultation on Planning which has now ended.

All parts of the response can be seen here

The last section to be completed includes review of some temporary changes to permitted development rights, and decisions on whether these should be extended / made permanent.

The result of the consultation has been published here

Commons Select Committee calls for comprehensive review of national planning policy

May 17, 2016

See the report here

The inquiry found that local authority planning departments ‘have been diminished by funding cuts, leading to a loss in capacity and skills’. It recommends a focus on improving funding for planning practice and for promoting skills and raising capacity at the local level so that the planning profession regains the ‘status and prestige it deserves’.

The committee urges the government to rethink recent changes to planning regulations, which in its view diminish the ability of LPAs to require development that takes account of long-term challenges.