Three new applications for Neighbourhood Plans

BCC consultation 9 Nov to 21 Dec 2012

The Localism Act November 2011 allows community groups to apply for the designation of a Neighbourhood Planning Area and to apply to be designated as the Neighbourhood Planning Forum for that area. A designated Neighbourhood Planning Forum will then be able to prepare a Neighbourhood Development Plan or Neighbourhood Development Orders for the area. These documents will help to direct and encourage growth in housing, employment provision and the provision of facilities to support the community.

From 5th October to 2nd November 2012, neighbourhood organisations in Bristol were given the opportunity to formally ask the council to designate their area as a Neighbourhood Planning Area. Bristol City Council has received applications for area designations from the following three groups:

Lawrence Weston Neighbourhood Planning Group has put forward
Lawrence Weston Neighbourhood Planning Area

Knowle West Area Neighbourhood Development Forum has put forward
Knowle West Neighbourhood Planning Area

Old Market Quarter Community Association has put forward
Old Market Quarter Neighbourhood Planning Area

All information relating to this consultation available on the Neighbourhood Planning web page atwww.bristol.gov.uk/neighbourhoodplanning, or via the councils consultation finder.

Hard copies of these applications will be available to view at
Trinity Road Library,
Filwood Library,
Lawrence Weston Library or
Central Library
or by making an appointment to view a copy at
Brunel House, St George’s Road, Bristol BS1 5UY
Tel 0117 9036723.

Comments on these applications can be submitted until 21 December 2012 and may be made by email tobdf@bristol.gov.uk or by freepost to:

Neighbourhood Planning (HR/CD/BH)
Bristol BS1 5BR

If the above areas are formally designated
between February 2013 and March 2013,
the Council will then invite relevant organisations to apply to be formally designated as a
Neighbourhood Planning Forum for each designated area.

Please note: that if a Neighbourhood Planning Forum designation is made,
no other organisation or body may be designated for that neighbourhood area until that designation expires (5 years from the date of designation) or is withdrawn.

For further information please contact the
Strategic Planning Team,
City Development,
Bristol City Council on
0117 9036723 or
email bdf@bristol.gov.uk


Consultation on Extending permitted development rights for homeowners and businesses

As discussed at the last quarterly meeting, the Government is proposing action in five areas:

  • Increasing the size limits for the depth of single-storey domestic extensions from 4m to 8m (for detached houses) and from 3m to 6m (for all other houses), in non-protected areas, for a period of three years. No changes are proposed for extensions of more than one storey.
  • Increasing the size limits for extensions to shop and professional/financial services establishments to 100m, and allowing the building of these extensions up to the boundary of the property (except where the boundary is with a residential property), in non-protected areas, for a period of three years.
  • Increasing the size limits for extensions to offices to 100m, in non-protected areas, for a period of three years.
  • Increasing the size limits for new industrial buildings within the curtilage of existing industrial premises to 200m, in non-protected areas, for a period of three years.
  • Removing some prior approval requirements for the installation of broadband infrastructure for a period of five years.


  • The relaxation will apply to terraced houses not just semi detached and detached.
    This is a change from the previous press release.
  • Single storey extensions must not be more than 4 m high and if 3 m high must not be within 2 m of the boundary.
  • 50% of the garden must be retained.
  • The relaxation will last for a period of at least 3 years, which may be extended.
  • Houses which have been converted into flats will not be allowed to extend without planning permission.
  • The relaxation will not apply to houses in conservation areas.

If you wish to respond to the consultation please use this link to the DCLG website.

Quarterly meeting dates 2013

Thursday 10 January 5.30 – 7.00 pm in The Council House
Thursday 18 April 5.30 – 7.00 pm in The Council House
Thursday 11 July 5.30 – 7.00 pm in The Council House
Thursday 17 October 5.30 – 7.00 pm in The Council House