Bristol Temple Quarter Spatial Framework

Closed 14 Apr 2016

Opened 3 Mar 2016

Feedback Updated 26 Sep 2016

We Asked

We ran a public consultation on the Spatial Framework and two companion documents, the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) and the Public Realm Guide. The consultation ran from 3rd March and 14th April 2016 and an accompanying survey received 72 responses. An additional 24 letters were received. The consultation’s primary aim was to collect feedback from key stakeholders and members of the public, and then use this feedback to inform further development of the document.

You Said

The majority of respondents were supportive of the objectives and approach of the Framework, and responses were tailored to the relevant sections of the document.

Some areas for further development became apparent through the collation of responses, including concerns about amount and nature of public space, land use (desire for more residential uses), the need for public transport improvements, barriers to connectivity, the need for parking guidance and the retention of historic assets

We Did

The document has been updated following the consultation. Some examples are given below, but detailed responses are available in the Statement of Community Involvement.

  • Land use guidance has been amended to encourage a greater proportion of residential floor space;
  • Transport plans have been updated to reflect the latest position in respect to the arena and Temple Gate projects, as well as other emerging city council transport projects in the area;
  • The section on heat networks has been retitled ‘Environmental Design and Construction’ and redrafted to incorporate guidance on a range of environmental measures;
  • Further work is planned to respond to the need for a residential parking standard for the zone;
  • The Framework’s guidance on public spaces has been strengthened to include an aspiration to increase tree coverage by 50%, place greater emphasis on accessibility for people with mobility difficulties and to propose opportunities for formal and informal play spaces within Temple Quarter near Totterdown Basin and Avon Street Market.

The intention is that the Spatial Framework be a living document that is periodically updated, so it will remains relevant as the area changes and as new challenges and opportunities emerge.

Results Updated 26 Sep 2016

Following the consultation on the Spatial Framework, the Public Realm Guide and the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan, we considered all comments and suggestions submitted by members of the public (both through the survey and consultation events). We used this feedback to inform the further development of the documents, which have now been updated. The updated versions are available at These documents will be considered for approval by Bristol City Council’s Cabinet, with the intention that the Spatial Framework becomes a material consideration for planning applications in the Enterprise Zone.



We are consulting on the Temple Quarter Spatial Framework. This sets out how the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone could become a thriving new city quarter over the next 25 years. The Spatial Framework is an important planning tool to guide and shape future development in the area. It seeks to deliver quality places for people through good planning and design that reflect our distinctiveness, entrepreneurship, culture and Green Capital status.

We are also consulting upon two companion documents:

  • The Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP), a strategic transport plan focussing on how a combination of infrastructure, policy and behavioural change measures will encourage sustainable travel to, and within, the zone;
  • The Public Realm Guide, which sets out the council's expectations for the design of people-friendly streets and spaces in the zone.

Why We Are Consulting

The Spatial Framework describes a generational opportunity to shape a new city quarter which will be of interest to multiple audiences including existing residents and businesses; commuters; neighbouring communities; and future occupiers, investors, and visitors. The consultation provides these audiences with an opportunity to shape the spatial vision for the area. Following consultation, the feedback will be reviewed and where necessary, the document will be updated. The intention will then be for the document to be formally adopted by the Council by the Autumn 2016, thus enabling it to be used as a material consideration in determining planning applications in the area.

It should be noted that the Spatial Framework will be a flexible and living document that is periodically refreshed to encapsulate emerging thinking and design development. As such, there will also be other opportunities down the line to be consulted on different aspects of the framework.

What Happens Next

The results of the consultation will inform further development of the document. Both the results and the final version of the document will be published online when available.


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