Planning permission granted for Bristol arena

The 12,000-capacity arena at Temple Meads has been given unanimous approval by Bristol City Council’s Development Control Committee after revised plans were submitted.

These include a shuttle service from Bristol Parkway, more bike spaces and stewards to guide pedestrians. £7.75m of the project’s budget has been allocated to fund coach drop-off bays, taxi spaces and increased cycle parking. It will also make use of park-and-ride sites and work with First Group and Great Western Railway to provide additional buses and a shuttle service to the railway station after events.

Mayor George Ferguson said: It’s a great relief and tremendous that it was a unanimous decision. There’s no stopping it’s progress to a 2018 opening – after years of talk we are now delivering.”