Bristol Zoological Society - Strategy to 2035

Our response to the delay regarding plans for Bristol Zoological Society’s West Car Park

We understand that the planning application for West Car Park, approved by Bristol City Council in September 2021, will be returned to the Council’s planning committee.

“We understand that the planning application for West Car Park, approved by Bristol City Council in September 2021, will be returned to the Council’s planning committee.

“This follows concerns raised by the Clifton & Hotwells Improvement Society, about the planning process, which will lead to a brief delay.

“Bristol Zoological Society’s design for this brownfield site on College Road will bring much-needed housing for Bristol, providing 62 high-quality, environmentally-friendly houses – of which 20 per cent will be affordable.

“The sale of West Car Park will support the creation of a new Bristol Zoo, with immersive animal exhibits at the Society’s Wild Place Project site just off the M5 motorway. At this inspiring visitor attraction, more than 78 percent of species will be linked to our conservation work, living in spaces more closely reflecting their natural habitats. In this way Bristol Zoo will continue to exist for generations to come.

“We await further information on next steps, including the date for the new planning committee meeting.

“The sale of our West Car Park is part of Bristol Zoological Society’s wider ‘Strategy to 2035’, which also includes the sale of the Bristol Zoo Gardens site, and has been deliberately phased to take into account the planning process and any delays that may occur.”

Francesca Fryer, Director of Transformation, Bristol Zoological Society