We try to keep in touch with recent planning applications for the area and list some of them here.  If you are concerned about a planning application or spot one we may have missed let TRESAcic know so we can inform the Totterdown community.

Planning application details can be accessed via Bristol City Council’s Planning Search page. 

TRESA response to Hadley Group development

10th April 2017
TRESA attended an exhibition hosted by Hadley Group who were showcasing some early ideas for the development site on Bath Road at Totterdown Bridge.  Here is a copy of TRESA's  written response outlining some of our thoughts about the proposals.

48 diesel generators next to local nursery school

4th April 2017
London based hedge fund, Plutus Energy Ltd is appealing to the Planning Inspectorate to overturn Bristol Council’s rejection of their plan to put 48 large Diesel Generators 200 meters from St Philips Marsh Nursery School. Each engine is at least twice the size of a bus engine – imagine 96 buses revving up outside a nursery school! RADE [Residents Against Dirty Energy] are reviewing the evidence supplied by Plutus; mobilising the Citizens of Bristol; and have offerd to work closely with the Council in preparing evidence for the Planning Appeal. Local Resident, and RADE member, Becky Whitmore said “At I first thought it was a joke [‘Pollute-Us’]; then I realised this was all about making money – whereas power generation is a serious and important business affecting all our futures – not choking our children. The Council rejected the application because of the damage it would do to our city – but Plutus don’t care – in fact they cannot even be bothered to check where people live on the local streets!” [Becky and her neighbours live on a nearby street that Plutus failed to identify in their submission to the Planning Inspector] About RADE – A voluntary group of…

Tower Block by Totterdown Bridge

24th March 2017
Developers "Hadley Property Group" are looking at developing the site next to Totterdown Bridge (The Esso garage / hand car wash).  They propose a 12 storey tower and three other 7-8 storey blocks. This includes 145 apartments and 70 parking spaces. They are holding a public exhibition of plans on Wednesday 29th March from 3pm until 7pm at Paintworks, Bath Road.  We encourage people to go along and find out more. They have submitted at application to Bristol City Council regarding screening options for Environmental Impact Assessment.  This document provides more details on the proposed plan and can be found here.

Objections to 9 Flats Proposed on Corner of Bathwell Rd/Goolden St

22nd January 2017
The area on the corner of Goolden Street and Bathwell Road is going to be redeveloped.  The developers have proposed that 9 flats (intended for up to 34 people) will be built to look like 7 houses. Whilst it’s great to see development of this land, the development will: Be three storeys high - and will feel a lot higher to those living on the downhill side (Stanley Hill, Summer Hill and Goolden Street); Be built right up to the pavement with no front garden area (so won’t look like local houses and consequently will feel imposing); and the new residents of these flats will face significant safety concerns from vehicles on a daily basis. Block out the view of the church for many residents, impacting the character of the area and a view visible across the city; and will Only have space for 2 bikes per flat and will have no car-parking spaces. The houses will also reduce current on-street parking availability. By cramming in as many residents as possible have an impact on local services (roads, amenities and doctors etc.) yet the services have received no extra funding, at a time when there are also significant developments occurring…

Bathwell Road Development – Plans with heights

4th January 2017
Following a request by TRESA, Crossman homes have provided copies of their plans with measurements such as building height and width.  Previous plans did not have this so it was tricky to fully appreciate the nature of the proposed buildings. Plan view Front view

TRESA objects to proposed cycle route through Victoria Park

16th December 2016
TRESA supports active travel (both walking and cycling) for environmental and health reasons . It is therefore with regret that the directors of TRESA objected to the proposed cycle route through Victoria Park. Our reasons for objecting are set out in full below. If you would like to know more about the application, or to make a comment, a link to the planning application is here: http://planningonline.bristol. activeTab=documents&keyVal= OHD0KLDNG6G00 The initial community consultation process appears to have been inadequate. Recent discussions with local residents and park users suggest they were either not aware of the proposal, or were not aware of the extent of what is being proposed. The current opposition to the route is an indication that many members of the local community feel their views have not been sought or, when expressed, have not been taken into account. A much more comprehensive and inclusive consultation is required. We note that many of those who are objecting to this proposal are people who cycle. The Cycling Ambition Fund (CAF) team appear reluctant to consider an alternative, less disruptive, route. We understand the need to spend money on improving routes for cyclists but, if there is local support,…

Plans for Bathwell Road/Goolden Street

2nd December 2016
Simon Ellis, of Ellis and Co, who have now come up with revised designs for the Bathwell Road / Goolden Street planning application (9 residential units) have asked to circulate this for public consultation. They are not required to publicly consult on this (as it’s less than 10 units), but they were happy to circulate the latest development plans. If anyone wants to offer feedback, they can email Simon Ellis Plans site ground-floor first-floor second-floor roof elevation-section elevation

Bristol University gets closer to Totterdown!

2nd December 2016
The University of Bristol has plans to develop a new campus in the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone near Temple Meads station. Phase One will include: investment in business education, science and technology; a Digital Innovation Hub; a student residential village, and; expansion of the Engine Shed facilities.

Development of Grosvenor Hotel at Temple Meads

21st November 2016
A planning application has been submitted to bring the Grosvenor Hotel at Temple Meads back in use with the addition of a restaurant, cafe and bar. Previous planning permission for a similar idea was agreed in 2010 but expired before the work was carried out. Development of the 60 bedroom hotel will focus on general repairs and will not include major changes to the building.

Office scheme at Temple Meads

14th October 2016
Outline planning consent has been grated for a ‘landmark’ office building on a derelict site near Temple Meads. The Anvil will provide office space over seven floors with a small park and landscaped roof terraces on its top two floors. London-based property development company Linkcity, expects to apply for detailed planning approval early next year and to complete the scheme in the first half of 2019. The Anvil is intended to incorporate a num ber of sustainability features, including the‘pocket park’, 25-space underground car park with electric charge points and 105 cycle spaces with locker storage and shower and change facilities at basement level.  

More delays to Bristol arena?

7th October 2016
Mayor Marvin Rees has announced the planned opening date for Bristol's arena has been delayed until 2019. In his 'state of the city' speech on 6th October 2016 Mayor Rees said he intended to deliver the arena by 2019, but warned against spiralling costs. The arena development has major implications for Totterdown in terms of the redevelopment of the surrounding area, and transport issues including a possible residents’ parking scheme. However, no further information seems to be available at this time. TRESA has sent an email asking for clarification to Cllr Helen Holland, Cabinet Member for Place ( and to our local councillors Jon Wellington ( and Lucy Whittle (

Temple Quarter Spatial Framework

5th October 2016
TRESA members responded to Bristol City Council’s public consultation on the Temple Quarter Spatial Framework and two companion documents, the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan and the Public Realm Guide, earlier this year. The feedback received through this consultation informed the further development of the documents. You can find out more about the changes that have been made to the documents on the Bristol City Council Consultation Hub. The updated documents were considered and approved by Bristol City Council’s Cabinet yesterday (4th October). This means that they will be adopted by the council, and that the Spatial Framework will now be a material consideration for planning applications relating to the Enterprise Zone. You can read the updated documents on the Bristol Temple Quarter website.

Diesel power plant rejected

28th September 2016
Plans to build a diesel power plant 250 metres from a St Philips Marsh nursery have been rejected. Nearly 350 objections were submitted from people in the area, including TRESA. Planning officers had recommended that the plans be accepted, but councillors considered the concerns of local people about air pollution and rejected the recommendation.

Walking route from Three Lamps to Temple Meads

1st July 2016
The route from Three Lamps junction over Bath Road bridge towards Temple Meads is known to be substandard. Bristol Walking Alliance ( is campaigning to improve Bristol's walking environment and is looking for people to write blogs about "much-walked, well-known places where poor conditions spoil the experience of walkers". If you walk this route and would like to write a blog for them please contact: or if you would like to discuss this with TRESA please email:

Trampoline centre to open near Totterdown

13th April 2016
Planning permission has been granted for a trampoline centre in Mead Street, close to Totterdown. Freedog, opened its first trampoline centre in Swindon last summer (see below). The Bristol centre will include a cafe, changing rooms and parking for more than 50 cars. The design and access statement for the proposal is attached below.

Planning permission granted for Bristol arena

6th April 2016
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."