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Mayor unveils vision for Bristol

Bristol City Council has launched the next phase of the review of the city’s Local Plan and is asking for people’s views on its approach to building a better Bristol that meets the needs of the future.

The Bristol Local Plan outlines the council’s approach to delivering inclusive growth and development over the next 20 years including over 33,500 homes by 2036, along with new protections for green spaces.

Citizens and communities are being asked for their views on the changes to the Local Plan, which will help support the creation of new homes and jobs across the city. It will also help safeguard valued environmental assets.

The Bristol Local Plan outlines the council’s policies for deciding planning applications. It is a key strategy for directing development in the city over the next 20 years.

Some of the notable changes proposed for the Local Plan include:

  • Areas of growth and regeneration with new homes and workspace at Temple Quarter, St Philip’s Marsh, Western Harbour, Frome Gateway, Lawrence Hill, Fishponds, Bedminster, Lockleaze, Southmead and Brislington;
  • 70 new sites for potential development across the city;
  • Bringing forward new workspace in mixed use developments
  • Clarity on making sure new developments play their part in creating healthy, inclusive and diverse communities;
  • Allocating sites for community led housing and self-build projects;
  • Significantly increasing the number of new and affordable homes, building successful places at higher densities;
  • Diversifying the housing offer, promoting new building types and tenures such as build for rent, housing for older people and self-build;
  • New protections for valued green spaces to support a liveable, healthy city. This includes setting aside land for food growing;
  • Measures to help in tackling the challenges of climate change and environmental quality.

The plan also outlines a vision to carefully manage the development of student accommodation in Bristol as part of mixed and balanced communities. To support future plans and create an environment where everyone feels the benefits of the city’s growing academic areas, the draft plan suggests a more focused approach to where new student housing can be built. This will ensure these developments are only built in the most appropriate areas and do not have a negative impact on the surrounding locality.

Mayor Marvin Rees, who unveiled the draft document at The Hub, at Gainsborough Square in Lockleaze today (18 March), said: “The Local Plan will help us to build a better Bristol and shape the city to meet the needs of the future – a city of hope and aspiration where everyone shares in its success. The Local Plan will work with the One City Plan and aims to develop a sustainable and inclusive city.

“The plan prioritises building houses, particularly affordable homes, alongside securing the future of our green spaces, promoting business and the development of new workspace, and tackling the health challenges faced by our city.

“I would encourage everyone to take a look at the plan and help us to shape Bristol for years to come.”

This is the second stage of consultation on the Local Plan. People’s comments on last year’s proposals have helped to shape the latest version of the draft plan.

The draft Bristol Local Plan Review document is available at http://www.bristol.gov.uk/localplanreview where there are full details about consultation and how to provide feedback.  Comments should be submitted by 24 May 2019.

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