Urban Living Supplementary Planning Document: Making successful places at higher densities

Closed 13 Apr 2018

Opened 19 Feb 2018

Results expected 20 Jun 2018

Feedback expected 4 Sep 2108


A consultation on a new Urban Living SPD has now started and will run until 13 April 2018. The SPD adds further detail to a new Urban Living policy in the Bristol Local Plan which is being consulted upon at the same time.

How to respond

The Urban Living SPD consultation document can be viewed here and in local libraries. The case studies document can be viewed here.

We welcome you to submit your comments via the online survey:

Quick survey – designed to gauge general views on higher density development

Detailed survey – this should only be completed by those who have read the draft Urban Living SPD

Alternatively, we welcome your comments by email or post:

By E-mail:    citydesigngroup@bristol.gov.uk

By Post:   

City Design Team
Bristol City Council
City Hall
PO Box 3176
Bristol, BS3 9FS

Your name (or name of your organisation) and comments may be made publicly available. Please see the privacy notice below.

Comments should be submitted by 13 April 2018.

Next steps

Following consultation, the Urban Living SPD will be updated. It is anticipated that the SPD will then be adopted by Cabinet in September 2018.

Local Plan review

We are also working on an update to the Bristol Local Plan which will include policies on urban living. A consultation on the Local Plan review has now started and will run until 13 April 2018.

Privacy notice

Bristol City Council is the data controller for the purposes of the Data Protection Act 1998 and other regulations including the General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/679).  To provide this service, we will process your comment, name, email address and address. We are collecting this data because it is in the public interest to process this. Your name and comment may be made public as it will form part of the evidence base used to inform the creation of planning policy documents.  The above purposes may require disclosure of any data received in accordance with the Freedom of information Act 2000. We will use this information to assist in plan making and to contact you regarding the planning consultation process.

We will hold this information for 5 years and we will contact you to see if you wish to be contacted as part of other planning consultations before this period expires.

For more information relating to the contact details of the data controller and your rights relating to processing, you can read our full Privacy Statement.

Why We Are Consulting

Consistent with the council’s Statement of Community Involvement (SCI), we are seeking feedback from the local community and key stakeholders on:

  • generic design guidance for higher density developments (including tall buildings);
  • the location of a number of ‘Urban Living’ focal areas ;
  • a set of new residential quality standards; and
  • assessment guidance for applicants

What Happens Next

We will publish a consultation statement setting out who was consulted, the main issues raised and how they have been addressed in the draft document.


  • All Areas


  • All residents


  • Environment
  • Planning
  • Regeneration
  • Traffic and transportation
  • Housing