The intention is that it should be a living document which is periodically updated so it remains relevant as the area changes as new challenges and opportunities emerge.
- BTQEZ Making People-friendly Streets and Spaces – A Public Realm Guide
- Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan.
The Spatial Framework reflects existing statutory planning policy, which is provided through the Bristol Local Plan. Key documents relevant to the Enterprise Zone are:
- The Core Strategy – adopted June 2011
- The Bristol Central Area Plan (BCAP) – adopted March 2015
- The Site Allocations and Development Management Policies – adopted July 2014
Policy BCAP35 of the Bristol Central Area Plan states that the layout, form and mix of uses should contribute to delivering the vision for Bristol Temple Quarter and, in doing so, have regard to the Spatial Framework. Ultimately BCAP provides the policy content and the Spatial Framework the more detailed spatial planning guidance.
There are some aspects to the Spatial Framework which are likely to be delivered in the short term. For example, many of the pedestrian and cycle route improvements identified are likely to happen by 2018. Similarly, a number of cleared and vacant sites already have planning approvals in place (particularly in Temple Quay), and are committed to building in the next few years. Where sites are in public ownership (primarily in the core area in and around the station) there is greater certainty over the aspirations for delivery. It is much more difficult to predict the level and speed of change in areas such as Silverthorne Lane where sites are in multiple private sector ownerships.
Additionally, a draft version of the document was the subject of a public consultation in March and April 2016. The feedback collected through this consultation informed the further development of the document.
The Spatial Framework has been prepared by the City Design Group at Bristol City Council, with input from a range of technical disciplines (transport, property, environment) from both within and outside the city council.
The Spatial Framework suggests my home / business premises will be redeveloped. Should I be worried?
It is also worth noting that many changes to the area are not anticipated for several years, and in some cases even decades.
Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP)
The SUMP outlines transport infrastructure improvements for the next 5 years to enable access and movement to the Bristol Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone and also details proposed policy and behavioural measures to be implemented to encourage the use of sustainable travel to the area.
The development of a SUMP is not in addition to existing transport planning, but instead builds on present plans and processes to set a clear vision and targets for the area.
Following public consultation, alterations were to the SUMP to respond to the comments received.
The position of the SUMP as part of the Spatial Framework for the Bristol Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone demonstrates an integrated and interdisciplinary approach to planning and helps mobility to be considered on a broader basis, inspiring a collaborative planning culture.