Improving the public realm in Nelson Street

Closed 9 Feb 2015

Opened 15 Jan 2015

Results expected 28 Feb 2015

Feedback expected 31 Mar 2015


Supplementary Planning Document (SPD8) Nelson Street (2006) sets out a vision for transforming Nelson Street from an underused and unloved canyon into a vibrant new quarter of the city centre and a key pedestrian/cycle link between Broadmead, Harbourside, Old City and Christmas Steps. The enhancement of the public realm (parts of a city that are available without charge for everyone to see, use and enjoy) was central to this vision.

The Nelson Street public realm strategy envisages the comprehensive enhancement of the public realm in the Nelson Street area, which will help to stimulate new investment. The strategy will inform both the public realm and public art of the current and future regeneration proposals. It will also guide future maintenance and investment from the city council.

Before responding to the survey, you may wish to look at the full  Nelson Street Public Realm Strategy (50 pages) Part 1 – Analysis & Part 2 – Vision and Traffic Options in the related documents below.

Excerpts of the document are embedded in the survey to help you respond. 

You may also wish to look at the Related links below, which show the Supplementary Planning Document 8 Nelson Street Regeneration Framework (2006), and Related Documents which show some images of how the Central Area will look after the MetroBus changes.


Why your views matter

To understand how people currently use and perceive Nelson Street.
To seek community input and support for the Nelson St public realm strategy.
To seek views on the traffic options outlined in page 48 & 49 of the Nelson Street public realm strategy - vision and traffic options document. 

As well as this online response option, the Nelson Street public realm strategy will also be discussed at:
Cabot, Clifton and Clifton East Neighbourhood Forum meeting
on 27th January from 7pm to 9pm at the Pavillion,  No1 Hannover Quay,Harbourside,Bristol, BS1 5JE

What happens next

Feedback will be analysed and the document amended as appropriate. The public realm works for the current developments will be developed in accordance with the principles of the strategy.


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  • Bishopsworth
  • Brislington East
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  • Clifton
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  • Easton
  • Eastville
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  • Hillfields
  • Horfield
  • Knowle
  • Lawrence Hill
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  • St George West
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  • Stoke Bishop
  • Windmill Hill


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