Back to basics: how you can help shape our city

July 30 2018
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The power of ordinary citizens and community groups to shape the character of our area is the focus of The Bishopston Society's autumn public meeting.

The event titled, Planning our neighbourhoods - the character of Bishopston and how we can improve it, will hear from experts on the planning system, city design and the issues Bishopston Society is representing local people on at the moment.

 It’s an opportunity to review the current character of Bishopston, and say how you would like to see it improved. A fresh view of citizens' voice in local planning, and how we can use the planning system to make improvements, will also be on offer.

 Do you think the nature of development in the area is changing the overall appearance of Bishopston? Are there too many boxy roof dormer developments when alternative solutions to increasing the size of period properties can be found? These issues and many more will be debated at the meeting on Tuesday 2nd October (at 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start) at Horfield Quaker Meeting, 300 Gloucester Road, BS7 8PD.  

Expert contributions will be from Peter Insole, Bristol City Council City Design Group, Neil Embleton, Bishopston Society Planning Advisor and Conservation Architect and  Alison Bromilow, Bristol Neighbourhood Planning Network. 

Nick Plant, Bishopston Society chair, said: "We want a chance to 'go back to basics' by taking a fresh look at the Society's mission to secure the improvement of local amenities and the social, environmental and historic character of Bishopston.

 "We'll take stock of our built environment on this occasion, find out more about how the planning system can work for us, and how TBS can encourage citizen involvement in shaping our area." 

The meeting will also include our usual strictly time-limited Annual General Meeting formalities, at which all paid-up members will be entitled to take part and vote...and new volunteers to help run the Society will be sought. 

The event is open to all, and will be concluded with the usual lively Open Forum, featuring shout-outs on local events, issues and concerns. Free refreshments and opportunities for networking and informal discussion will be provided. 

Further information on this and other TBS matters is available as always at www.bishopstonsociety.org.uk