Planning for new housing estates

Bristol City Council is planning for significant housing developments at Lockleaze and Hengrove. BWA is keen to see that sustainable travel, including provision for walking and public transport, is designed in to such developments from the start.

We have responded to the outline planning application for Hengrove Park (18/03537/PB) with a set of principles including:

  • Local shopping and food are available within a 10 minute walk.
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Bristol Transport Strategy response

A Bristol City Council consultation on the future of travel in the city, the Bristol Transport Strategy Consultation 2018, sets out some aspirations for the next 18 years, proposing 15 ‘outcomes’ which, however, do not yet have funding.

The BWA Response to the Bristol Transport Consultation 2018 (pdf, 195KB) gives our detailed feedback on the consultation document.… Continue reading

LCWIP – planning for a better Bristol walking infrastructure

Bristol and the other local authorities in WECA (West of England Combined Authority) are developing a Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP). This is a government-supported initiative as part of the Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy (pdf, 2.1MB) proposed in 2017.… Continue reading

More advertising applications

BWA is joining Adblock Bristol in objecting to the latest planning applications for advertising signs in the city centre.

UPDATE: On 11th July, the BCC Development Control Committee refused permission for both huge advertising panels, with BWA having submitted a statement objecting to them as a potential safety hazard to pedestrians.Continue reading

Response to City Centre Framework consultation

BWA has submitted its response to the Bristol City Centre Framework consultation. This sets out the Council’s proposed development goals for an area that includes Lewins Mead, the Old City, Broadmead, Castle Park, and Temple Street.

BWA commented in particular on the proposed movement framework, and suggested it should have the following goals:

  • more people walking into the centre from the surrounding areas;
  • easier to get from one part of the centre to another on foot;
  • differentiation between ‘travel’ routes and ‘leisure’ spaces;
  • guaranteed accessible routes (e.g.
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Responding to City Centre Plans

There have been several planning applications made for developments in Bristol City centre recently that have an impact on the walking environment. BWA continues to monitor such applications, and has recently responded to the following.

Temple Quay / Avon Street

The proposed new residential block, with commercial units on the ground floor, would occupy the block bounded by Avon Street, Providence Place, Old Bread Street and New Kingsley Road.… Continue reading

Hotwell Road / Anchor Road

Better for buses – but what about pedestrians?

BWA has responded to Bristol City Council proposals for improving the bus route into Bristol city centre along Hotwell Road and Anchor Road.

In our response to the consultation, we state our belief that the opportunity provided by this kind of infrastructure investment is not being adequately used to improve the environment for pedestrians, who, after all, include all bus users.… Continue reading