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Last revised May 22, 2015

Retail centres are defined in the Core Strategy and shown in the Key Diagram. Centres are ranked as City Centre, Town Centres, District Centres and Local Centres. Policy on centres is set out in BCS 7. Additional policy is included in BCS 1, 2, 8, 10 and 20; see Core Strategy.

BCC retail areas studies across Bristol which were used as evidence in the Core Strategy and Central Area Plan; see the link to evidence

Earlier retail studies are saved here Retail Areas across Bristol

More detailed information on retail centres is included in the
Site Allocations and Development Mangement policies document 
see map here

Development Management Policies relating to retail use are here.
See DM7 – DM11


Retail use is defined by type in the Use Classes schedule

A1 Shops Shops, retail warehouses, post offices, ticket and travel agencies, sale of cold food for consumption off premises, hairdressers, funeral directors, hire shops, dry cleaners, internet cafes
A2 Financial and Professional Services Banks, building societies, estate and employment agencies, professional services (not health or medical services), betting offices
A3 Food and Drink Restaurants and cafes
A4 Drinking Establishments Public houses, wine bars or other drinking establishments
A5 Hot Food Takeaways. For the sale of hot food for consumption off the premises.

See also Use classes

Government response to the Mary Portas Review – The future of High Streets

Town Teams – See Improving  High Streets and Town Centres

Bedminster Town Team were successful in their bid to become a pilot Town Team.