• Quarterly meeting date change to July 31st read more
  • BCS ‘The need for Housing’ talk July 9th read more
  • People shaped places; resident led planning in Lambeth.   A way of working which might be a model for Bristol too read more

Quarterly meeting change of date:
Apologies to those of you who have put the 17th June in your diaries. We have changed the date of the next meeting to 31 July 2014, 5.30 to 7.00 at City Hall, because of officer availability for this topic.

Following discussions at the annual meeting about what members wanted to see on the quarterly agenda, the topic is Housing.
We have asked BCC whether they can cover the following issues:

  • Housing policies in national and local policy; Core Strategy and Development Management policies
  • Census and other evidence and data
  • Achieving a mixed, balanced and sustainable residential community
  • Lifetime homes standards and other housing standards:

Detailed agenda to be confirmed. Any comments or suggestions for additional information to me please.

Some of the topics above were recently addressed in the series of workshops for groups doing Neighbourhood Plans and I felt it would also be of interest to groups who are mainly dealing with planning applications for developments in their areas.

The Need for Housing is also the topic for the Bristol Civic Society meeting on July 9th to which all NPN members are invited


Paul Smith will set out the case for increased housing development including social and affordable housing. Paul will survey the current position of the housing market nationally and locally. Potential provocative issues will include development on the greenbelt, urban cramming, new towns, mixed developments and the decline of the high street. Paul likes a debate and there will be plenty of time for discussion and challenge. 

Paul Smith has worked in the social housing sector for over 25 years. He is currently Head of Enterprise and Intelligence at Aster Group,  the largest social landlord based in the south-west with around 28,000 homes. Paul was a founder member of South Bristol Youth Housing in 1988 which is now Bristol’s largest homelessness agency. Paul has also been a board member of four other associations and was a member of Bristol City Council’s housing committee.

WED 9th July 7.30 pm , Friends Meeting House, 126 Hampton  Rd, BS6 6JE

Non-members £5   Members  £2 (voluntary)  Booking Not Required


Bristol Civic Society bristolcivicsociety . org . uk

People shaped places:
how Lambeth let the residents design the neighbourhood
report from the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) about an initiative to work with the residents to reshape the public realm;

read it on the NPN website here