The annual NPN meeting is on June 7th at 10 am – 12 midday at the Unitarian Chapel, Brunswick Square, BS2 8PE.

This is a good opportunity to get together with other groups to discuss and share experience.

We will be looking particularly at the pre application community involvement processand discussing how it is working, and what lessons we can learn from each other.

The Neighbourhood Planning Network residents’ planning groups have been identified in the Statement of Community Involvement 2008 as the contact point for developers to discuss their proposals at Pre Application stage.

The contact details of the relevant groups are identified to the developers by the NPN pre app monitoring team. It is therefore important that NPN member groups continue to engage with the rest of the Network, to ensure that they are up to date with the latest changes in the process.

Groups who have recently joined the network, or have not been involved in previous sessions about the Pre App CI process, are therefore particularly encouraged to attend, in order to get the most out of their meetings with developers by learning from others. 

Please can you respond if you haven’t already done so to say whether you will be at the meeting?

If you cannot attend, please can you forward this email to the rest of your group so that someone from each group is present? Note that not everyone is on the mailing list and you may be the only person in your group who receives these emails.

Development Control Planning Committees:
Some changes are proposed in the way the Development Control committees work, and these proposals are set out in a report to the Full Council on 10 th June 2014 (see agenda item 7, page 52 for more information).

In brief, the proposed changes are to move away from area based committees, and instead have 2 committees (A and B) with separate membership that cover the whole city and meet approximately on a 3 week cycle.  These changes need to be agreed at the 10th June meeting.

The Urban Land Institute (ULI UK) Technical Assistance Panel
for the city of Bristol will run over 2 days, concluding with a
public presentation session at the Arnolfini 

Public presentation of ULI TAP headline recommendations
TUESDAY 17th June 2014
14:30 – 16:30
Arnolfini Lecture Theatre 

14:30 – 14:45  Introduction to ULI and TAP process

14:45 – 15:45  Presentation by TAP Panellists

15:45 – 16:15 Audience Q&A

16:15 – 16:30  Outline of next steps including publication timetable for report

16:30 Close

This session is free and open to members of the public but you are required to register. 

click here to register

The ULI panel is comprised of ULI members from a diverse range of urbanist backgrounds, including developers, architects, fund managers and policy-makers. These individuals volunteer their time unpaid to serve as panellists as part of their commitment to ULI’s mission  “to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and to create thriving sustainable communities worldwide.”

Through a series of site visits and workshops with Bristol city stakeholders, the panel will address two questions:

  • What role can community-led development play in unlocking access to land or financing for small-scale sustainable urban development?
  • What can the Bristol Community Land Trust learn from expertise elsewhere, in order to evolve into a thriving contributor to Bristol’s economy? 

This video provides a valuable overview of the TAP process :

– and more information on the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and UK council activities is available here: