Planning process

Outline planning application

Following two rounds of public consultation from June to September, we submitted our outline planning application to Bristol City Council in November 2017.  

The application shows the proposed density and scale of the buildings, as well as access to the site. It doesn’t cover specific details about the appearance and layout of the new campus.

Details of the planning application can be found on Bristol City Council's planning portal (REF: 17/06459/P).

Revised masterplan

After feedback from Bristol City Council and other partners, we submitted a revised masterplan in February 2018. This was unanimously approved subject to final details. 

This shows changes to the layout of the buildings to allow easier access through the campus and provide more open and welcoming spaces for staff, students and the public to enjoy.

The main changes were:

Cattle Market Road site

  • Three buildings instead of four; two academic and one residential.
  • Siting the main academic building parallel to the harbour to improve opportunities for a vibrant waterfront area.
  • Strengthening the connection to the potential entrance to Temple Meads Station.
  • Re-aligning the pedestrian, cycle and transport links to work with the new layout.

Temple Island North

  • Adjustments to the layout of the residential buildings to improve the relationship to Arena Plaza and provide better private space for residents.

In July 2018 Bristol City Council’s planning committee agreed to approve the Outline application, subject to final details. Full outline planning permission was granted for the campus in June 2019. The Outline permission sets the parameters of any future detailed proposals (known as Reserved Matters applications) including the maximum height of buildings, the total amount of development, the mix of uses and key points of access.

Reserved Matters Planning application

Two public consultations are now complete. The first public consultation was held in April 2019 for the detailed designs of the student residential accommodation. This was followed by a public consultation on the detailed designs of the academic buildings and public spaces in September 2019.

The Reserved Matters Planning application for the student residential accommodation on Temple Island was approved by Bristol City Council in October 2019. The Reserved Matters planning application for the detailed designs of the academic buildings is due to be submitted in November 2019.

Next steps

Whilst the council is working to prepare the site, we are working with a design team on the next stage of design development.

The new campus will connect local people, social enterprises, businesses, academics and students to each other and to a range of future opportunities. It will attract more investment to the city, strengthen our global reputation and create a welcoming and inclusive new part of the thriving Temple Quarter area.

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol

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