In Bishopston this month...

July 28 2016

The planning application to convert Brunel House (one of the Muller Orphanages) to flats, with an additional new block alongside, has been approved.

Brunel House

The planning application to convert Brunel House (one of the Muller Orphanages) to flats, with an additional new block alongside, has been approved. We called for a good proportion of affordable housing to be included in the development, in-line with the Council’s guidance of 30-40%. However, the approved application has only 15% affordable housing; not what we would have liked but better than nothing. The affordable homes will also be spread over different sizes of apartments to encourage diversity of residents


Cricket Club


We’ve been meeting with Gloucestershire County Cricket Club and the Howzat? residents’ group to discuss the problems and issues that have arisen during the cricket season so far. The results have been promising and all parties will continue working together, alongside other partners such as the Police. If you have an issue on match days please report it – don’t assume someone else has! The Neighbourhood Partnership has produced the following FAQ which will help you work out who to contact, and please CC us in to any correspondence also so we can be aware:


Devolution Consultation


The public consultation on the creation of a new West of England Mayoral Combined Authority, including how this would work and what it means, is now open. The Combined Authority would manage new powers, funding and responsibilities that would be handed from central Government to the region. Please do take the time to have your say on this very important decision. You can find out more details, and participate in the consultation, here: 


Neighbourhood Partnership Community Fair

The Bishopston, Cotham and Redland Neighbourhood Partnership will be holding its annual Community Fair on the 17th September from 12:30 – 16:30 at St. Michael’s Church on Gloucester Road. It should be a great event with stalls, attractions, and the chance to vote for your favourite applicants in the Little Grants for Big Ideas scheme. See page 19 to find out more. We hope to see you there!


Number 19 Bus

As we reported last month, the Number 19 bus, which runs between the Centre/University of Bristol and UWE via Cotham and Gloucester Road, was being withdrawn by Wessex on July 24. We are pleased to say that First are going to modify the route of their number 72 bus to adopt the route of the cancelled 19 from September 4. This will allow passengers to have continued access to both universities and will operate every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday. This is hopefully welcome news to those who were affected by the 19’s cancellation!



As mentioned on page 2, Wetherspoons have put in another application to convert 349-353 Gloucester Road into one of their premises.  We will both be submitting oppositions to the application. You can view and comment on all city planning applications here: .

Please do get in touch!

Tom Brook –

Eleanor Combley –