we are asking all NPN groups to complete this questionnaire to ensure that we have the correct information about your group and to find out what you are doing, so that others can learn from your experience.

Here is a link to a Survey Monkey questionnaire. Please can you make sure that someone from your group completes this questionnaire by February 14th. 


JSP consultation closes this Friday 29 Jan.
Go to West of England: building our Future to tell them of any points you want them to take into account when deciding on a preferred option for WoE development strategy.

Heritage Forum launch event:

25 February 2016 7.30 pm
at the Unitarian Chapel in Brunswick Square. 

Bristol Civic Society is taking the lead in co-ordinating the launch of a Heritage Forum for Bristol.

“This is an exciting and very timely initiative. The Forum is being launched with the support of both Historic England and Bristol City Council. At the event on 25th February there will be speakers from Historic England, Bristol City Council and the Civic Society.  Proposals will be set within a national and regional context and will relate to the City Council’s own Heritage Framework.

We will be presenting our own indicative ideas for the future operation of the Forum. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion. The aim will be to identify a set of “next steps” leading up to a Heritage Conference in the Autumn.”

Schools development programme.

A programme of development of Bristol’s schools is to be considered at the Learning City Partnership Board meeting on Jan 27th.
A number of schools have been identified as needing to expand in order to deal with the increased population in Bristol.

See the link to Bristol Learning City report ‘Improving Lives- improving Places- the Integrated Education and Capital Strategy 2015-19.
Appendix 3: Essential and Landmark Schemes is found on page 19/112
The strategy itself starts on page 28/112

‘More than a roof’ housing strategy 

Bristol City Council has endorsed a new strategy that sets out plans to address housing issues over the next five years.

Last month the strategy ‘More than a Roof’ was agreed by Cabinet following extensive consultation throughout the summer, and last night it was endorsed by councillors at a Full Council meeting.

The strategy’s vision acknowledges that homes are more than just the house itself. A good quality home at a cost the household can afford should enable people to achieve a high quality of life and create the opportunity for all to thrive in mixed communities of their choice.

However to achieve this ambition Bristol will need to tackle a number of housing related issues over the next five years. There is currently a serious shortage of housing, particularly of affordable housing, and addressing this is at the heart of the new strategy.
read more here

Next quarterly meeting

is April 12th at 5.30.  Please let me know of any topics that you would like to discuss.