Conservation area character appraisals

We value the specialist knowledge of local groups and greatly support working together to produce character appraisals.

Local communities have become more involved in identifying what is positive and negative about a conservation area, including unlisted buildings of merit, and helping to define boundaries.

We welcome all input into what makes an area special and what could improve an area; or more specific comment on a draft character appraisals via

College Green Conservation Area Character Appraisal

The College Green Conservation Area Character Appraisal (pdf, 5.5MB) (opens new window) was adopted under delegated powers of Service Director, Planning on 22 March 2016.

The process of community engagement is outlined in the Statement of Community Involvement at the end of the character appraisal.

Character appraisals in progress

An Our Place appraisal has been carried out in the Gloucester Road area. The findings of this process will form the basis of a Consultation Draft Character Appraisal and Boundary Extension for the Gloucester Road Conservation Area. This document will be produced in 2016.

Upcoming character appraisals

The Sneyd Park Residents Association have had an initial meeting with BCC officers and are underway with the initial survey and boundary review of the Sneyd Park Conservation Area.

We aim to produce a Character Appraisal for the Whiteladies Road Conservation Area in 2016 and hope to work with local amenity groups or interested parties.

Please get in touch via if you would be interested in being involved in this process.

Character appraisals and the Our Place project

Finding the resources to implement the programme of Character Appraisals is challenging. If you live in a Conservation Area that does not currently have a Character Appraisal, then the City Design Group will support you in the Our Place project initiative. This is a way that a local group can start the process of conservation area review, which can be used to form the basis for a Character Appraisal.

Adopted character appraisals

What is a conservation area character appraisal?

Conservation Area Character Appraisals help residents and us to understand the history of an area and why it is special. They help shape future developments and planning policies, as well as giving residents an idea of what enhancements could be made.

We have undertaken a review of Bristol's existing conservation areas. This is through the production of a character appraisal and set of management proposals for each area.

The consultation and adoption process for each appraisal will give it enough weight to be a significant consideration in making planning decisions, and at appeal.

Contact information


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