Quarterly meetings
Funding for Neighbourhood Plans
Walk in the Park event
Neighbourhood Planning update

Quarterly meeting

Next meeting is on Tuesday April 11th at 5.30 in City Hall

Notes from the previous meeting have been uploaded to the NPN website here

The topics for the next meeting will be
1. the Housing White Paper.
(You can read some analysis of the white paper by Locality here)
2. Clarification on the various types of Planning applications eg Prior Approval
3. Urban Living: the review and replacement of SPD 1 on Tall Buildings.

Funding and support for Neighbourhood Development Forums
Locality has announced new funding packages for groups bringing forward Neighbourhood Plans. Read more

They are also offering additional technical support for groups such as those in Bristol who are not parishes or Town Councils Read more

The University of Bristol and Bristol Walking Alliance invite you to a

Bristol WalkFest event 
on Thursday 11th May, 7.00pm at The Watershed
to consider the benefits of
a Walk in the Park
The event will consist of three short talks – with plenty of opportunity for you to contribute your ideas and comments. Speakers include: Dr Suzanne Audrey, Senior Research Fellow in Public Health at the University of Bristol, and Claire Lowman, Public Health Principal (Healthy Place) Bristol City Council.
Topics include:

  • Evidence for the health benefits of walking in parks and green spaces
  • Walk for Health Bristol: led walks and measured routes around Bristol’s parks
  • Shared use routes for pedestrians and cyclists: lessons from Victoria Park, Bedminster

Doors open at 6.30pm and light refreshments will be available. The first talk starts at 7.00pm and the plenary discussion will end at 8.00pm when there will be an opportunity for informal mingling until 8.30pm.
The event is FREE but booking through Eventbrite is required.
Book your ticket(s) here:


Did you know: 
What is the current state of neighbourhood planning activity in England?

Neighbourhood planning is still progressing at a rapid rate. As of 1 March 2017:

  • 2,060 groups have applied for their area designation
  • 351 plans have successfully passed examination
  • 311 have been successful at referendum.

The average turnout at referendums stands at 32% with an average “yes” vote of 89%, and over 400,000 votes cast. Over 74% of local planning authorities now have designated neighbourhood plan areas.

Bristol now has two Neighbourhood Plans ‘made’; in Lawrence Weston and Old Market.
Other Neighbourhood Forum Areas currently working on plans are Lockleaze, Hengrove and Whitchurch Park, Redcliffe. Knowle West NDF has withdrawn.

See Bristol City Council website for details of Neighbourhood Plans here