Neighbourhood planning: Old Market

The Old Market Quarter Neighbourhood Development Plan includes policies that are used with the Local Plan to decide planning applications in the Old Market area.

Old Market became a designated neighbourhood planning area on 31 January 2013. You can look at a map of the Old Market neighbourhood planning area (pdf, 4.1MB) (opens new window) .

Old Market Quarter Neighbourhood Planning Forum became the designated forum for this area on 1 May 2013.

At the Full Council meeting of 15 March 2016, following a positive referendum result, Bristol City Council resolved to ‘make’ the Old Market Quarter Neighbourhood Development Plan.

You can look at Bristol City Council Statement setting out this decision.

Copies of the decision statement and the neighbourhood development plan are also available to inspect at City Hall, College Green, Bristol BS1 5TR (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm).

The neighbourhood development plan will now be used with the Local Plan to decide planning applications in Old Market Quarter.

Neighbourhood Development Plan documents


We held a referendum on 25 February 2016 to decide if the Old Market neighbourhood development plan (pdf, 17.1MB) (opens new window) should be used to decide planning applications.

Results of the Old Market Referendum

More people voted ‘yes’ in this referendum.

The referendum declaration of results

Neighbourhood Development Plan referendum documents

Submission of the plan

Old Market Quarter Neighbourhood Planning Forum formally submitted their neighbourhood development plan in 2015.

Graham Self, an independent examiner, carried out an examination of the plan. You can look at the examiner’s report for the neighbourhood development plan (pdf, 138k) (opens new window) . You can also look at a summary of representations submitted to examiner (pdf, 144k) .

He recommended that the plan should be updated and that there should be a referendum on the updated plan. The referendum will decide if it is used alongside the Bristol Local Plan when we make decisions on planning applications in Old Market.

We worked with Old Market Quarter Neighbourhood Forum to update the plan based on the recommendations. On 10 December 2015 we determined that the updated Old Market Quarter neighbourhood development plan meets the requirements for a neighbourhood development plan. This means it is ready for a referendum. You can look at our statement setting out this decision (pdf, 5.2MB) (opens new window) .

Neighbourhood development plan submission documents

Responses to the Neighbourhood Development Plan