Support a Neighbourhood Plan for St Philips Marsh

Public Meeting to explore a Neighbourhood Plan for St Philips Marsh

When: Thursday 23rd May 6:30 pm

Where: Barton Hill Settlement, 43 Ducie Rd, Bristol BS5 0AX


Bristol City Council is introducing a local plan for St Philips Marsh. This proposes a radical change for the area, introducing housing, retail, health, leisure and improved transport links. The plan presents challenges to existing users but also big opportunities for the city.

Bristol City Council held a public consultation on April 30th, and many people attending wanted to shape these changes. Follow up in the community suggests this desire has grown – to the extent that we could form a Neighbourhood Forum and develop a Neighbourhood Plan.

The meeting is to kick off the process to form the Neighbourhood Forum.

What is a Neighbourhood Plan?

Under the Localism Act 2011, a Neighbourhood Plan is developed and overseen by a Neighbourhood Forum to influence the application of planning policy in its Neighbourhood and has the force of law. It can:

  • Develop a shared vision for your neighbourhood.
  • Choose where new homes, shops, offices and other developments should be built.
  • Identify and protect important local green spaces.
  • Influence what new buildings should look like.
  • Have a say on where public money available to improve land use is spent

To reach this stage, the key steps are to:

  • create a Neighbourhood Planning Forum and have it recognised by the City Council
  • develop a plan with resident, business, expert and City Council input
  • have the plan approved by a majority vote of the community through a local referendum
  • have the plan approved by the planning inspectorate

What is the Neighbourhood Forum?

A Neighbourhood Forum needs to be established under the Localism Act 2011. The Neighbourhood Forum draws up the Plan.  It needs to be constituted of 21 representatives from the community, including at least one local councillor.

For the majority of participants, the time commitment involved is in the region of a couple of evening meetings a month.

What will happen at Thursday’s Meeting?

The meeting will look to identify who is interested in forming the Neighbourhood Forum based on the idea of

  • Seven independents including experts, local politicians [Ward Councillors have to represented]
  • Seven business and employee representatives
  • Seven resident representatives

The meeting will also look at the area the Plan will cover, a timetable for the early work, and ways to keep everyone informed.

No final decisions will be made, and if you cannot make the meeting, we will let you know what’s discussed and what happens next.

What happens if NO Neighbourhood plan is developed?

Bristol City Council has allocated the initial work of developing a Plan for St Philips Marsh to the Temple Quarter team. They are developing a “Master Plan” for the area which could lead to outcomes residents businesses and the local community are unhappy with.

Yours sincerely

Stuart Phelps – Chair of Plan-EL the Neighbourhood Planning Group

Tel: 07751 313864; email:

Edwin Fletcher – CEO of Meriton Foundry

Tel: 07552500989;  email:

Simon Holmes – Headmaster of St Philip’s Marsh Nursery School

Tel: 01179 776171; email: