Local Plan Review.

The new Local Plan will set out how Bristol will develop over the next twenty years. BCC are seeking your views on ways the current Bristol Local Plan could be changed to achieve  this.
The new document has separate sections on areas of the city where development is expected to occur such as Western Harbour, Fishponds, etc.
It also has a number of sections which deal with elements of city development where policy or the situation has changed, such as Air Quality, and University expansion.
Consultation closes 13 April.

Printed copies of the documents are available in local and central libraries from 21st Feb on.

BCC planning officers have offered to attend individual NPN group meetings, on request and if capacity allows, during the consultation period to discuss particular elements of the area policies. Please let me know if you would like to take up this offer.

We are also in the process of confirming a NPN workshop meeting on March 6th.

Urban Living SPD (Supplementary Planning Document)
This consultation was to have started yesterday. I understand they are waiting for a couple of documents to be uploaded to the BCC website. I will circulate details when they are available.

HMO licensing
Consultation on Additional Licensing of private rented properties

“Bristol City Council is consulting on proposals to introduce additional licensing requirements to 12 wards in central Bristol.  The proposed additional licensing will apply to houses or flats that are let to three or more people who aren’t related and who share some facilities, like kitchens or bathrooms (Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMO)).  

The 12 wards are: Clifton Down, Central, Cotham, Clifton, Hotwells and Harbourside, Southville, Windmill Hill, Ashley, Bishopston and Ashley Down, Easton, Lawrence Hill, and Redland.  If the licensing goes ahead, Landlords will be charged a fee for licensing their properties.  The aim is to improve private rented accommodation.

People can find out more and have their say by filling in a survey available online at www.bristol.gov.uk/licensingscheme.  Alternative formats or paper copies of the information can be requested by emailing private.housing@bristol.org.uk or calling 0117 922 2066.

Paper copies will also be available from local libraries and the Citizen Service Point at 100 Temple Street.”
Consultation closes 13 May 2018

The new licensing proposals have come about in response to the issue of poor quality accommodation and the volume of management complaints directed to Bristol City Council.

Christmas Steps Arts Quarter annual report.
See their excellent summary of local development cases here