Planning sub group of the Society works closely with
the Bristol Neighbourhood Planning Network. The group is keen to
work with the local community and act on their concerns. They
would also welcome volunteers interested in planning issues who
would like to join the Society planning sub group. �There is
still a misunderstanding that the Network is a body with a few
people who speak for the whole organisation. This is not the
case. Each group speaks for its own community� says Mrs Bromilow.
With part funding from the Quartet Foundation the Network is run
by a team of volunteers which includes Alison Bromilow. Local
groups are encouraged to share their experience and expertise.
Although developers are not obliged to liaise with the Network
before finalising plans they are likely to get a more
sympathetic hearing at the committee stage if they do. The
pre-application process is monitored by a small group of
volunteers who direct developers to the appropriate Network
planning groups to carry out their pre-application community
It is considered best practice for developers to talk to the
local groups. �Local people know about their own locality.
Outside developers don`t�, points out Mrs Bromilow.
What sort of issues might we in Henleaze take an interest in?
The Network consultaton process - involving prior consultation
from developers - kicks in for projects of ten or more house, or
a site of 1000 square metres. But the group will also keep an
eye on the many smaller developments in the community. The group
will ensure that local concerns are considered by the planners.
There is a lot to protect in Henleaze including the thriving
independent shops. One potential development which local
residents will want to watch out for, and seek a dialogue with
any developer, is the site at Quarryleaze where historic
limekilns were recently demolished in preparation for
redevelopment. An additional key element of the consultations
are the longer term development of communities. �It is important
to be alert to future needs for things like schools, public
transport, changing lifestyles� says Mrs Bromilow. �Local people
can get involved and it is important that they do. It is their
communities which are at stake and the Neighbourhood Planning
Network really does give all of us an opportunity to influence
The Network is co-ordinated through e bulletins and their
website - www.bristolnpn.net. If you would like to volunteer to
join the Henleaze planning group contact Shirley Phillips: Tel: