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The Bristol Central Area Plan explores how Bristol City Centre will develop over the next 15 years to 2026. It contains policies that will be used to help decide planning applications in central Bristol. The document will form part of the Bristol Local Plan and helps deliver the policies of the Core Strategy.
Consultation on the Bristol Central Area Plan Preferred Options has now closed. The responses received will help shape the next version of the document. A report including detailed summaries (pdf, 0.7 MB)(opens new window) of the 327 comments received is now available to download.
Preferred Options draft documents
- Main document (pdf, 2.5 MB)(opens new window)
- Annex: City Centre Site Allocations (pdf, 3.2 MB)(opens new window)
- Policies Map (pdf, 4.1 MB)(opens new window)
Online policies map
An interactive online policies map is also available.
Policy summaries (pdf, 138 KB)(opens new window) are available for the Preferred Options Consultation.
Evidence used to support the development of the Bristol Central Area Plan can be found on the Local Plan Evidence page.
In April 2012 we completed consultation on the first draft version of the plan. The Central Area Action Plan Options Consultation looked at what various sites in the city centre could be used for and set out draft policies that could be used to decide planning applications in the city centre in the future.
We also completed consultation on a draft City Centre Public Realm and Movement Framework. The Public Realm and Movement Framework looks at how people will move around the city centre in the future and what could be done to improve its streets and public spaces.
Consultation on both documents has now closed. The feedback we received will help to shape both documents as we progress them to their next stage of development. A summary of this feedback is now available below.
Responses to consultation
- Bristol Central Area Action Plan Options Consultation (pdf, 11.8 MB)(opens new window)
- Public Realm and Movement Framework Consultation (pdf, 14.6 MB)(opens new window)
- Sustainability Appraisal – Main Report (pdf, 4.3 MB)(opens new window)
- Sustainability Appraisal – Appendices (pdf, 0.7 MB)(opens new window)
Initial community involvement
- Stakeholder event report (27 March 2012) (pdf, 400 KB)(opens new window) from the launch of the options consultation.
- "Ideas for Bristol" consultation report (December 2010) (pdf, 1.2 MB)(opens new window)
- Second stakeholder event report (15 July 2010) (pdf, 1.4 MB)(opens new window) about ideas for the central area.
- Second stakeholder event report appendix (pdf, 9.2 MB)(opens new window)
- "Cherish and Change" consultation summary (pdf, 1.4 MB)(opens new window)
- Stakeholder event report (25 March 2010) (pdf, 2.3 MB)(opens new window) about challenges facing the central area.
- Call for sites documentation (December 2008) about land and/or buildings suggested for development or change to alternative uses.
- Community involvement programme (pdf, 130 KB)(opens new window) for the Bristol Central Area Action Plan.
- Old Market Community Planning Workshop Report (pdf, 6.9 MB)(opens new window) (October 2011)
- Hotwells and Cliftonwood Community Traffic Strategy (pdf, 3.7 MB)(opens new window) (HCCA / CHASE) (2010)
Prior to commencing work on the plan, we worked with stakeholders to produce a number of supplementary planning and other documents affecting development in the central area:
- SPD1: Tall Buildings (pdf, 12.0 MB)(opens new window) (January 2005)
- SPD3: Future of Redcliffe (pdf, 8.4 MB)(opens new window) (July 2006)
- SPD8: Nelson Street Regeneration Framework (pdf, 3.2 MB)(opens new window) (March 2006)
- SPD10: Planning a Sustainable Future for St. Paul's (pdf, 2.7 MB)(opens new window) (December 2006)
- SPD11: University of Bristol Strategic Masterplan (pdf, 9.7 MB)(opens new window) (July 2006)
- City Centre Strategy - Section 1 (pdf, 3.8 MB)(opens new window) and Section 2 (pdf, 6.7 MB)(opens new window)
The supplementary planning documents will help decide what should be in the Action Plan as it is completed.
Key parts of the City Centre Strategy that have yet to be implemented will be included in the Area Action Plan.