Vacancy for Planning Research and Monitoring Officer, Bristol City Council

BCC LogoAn exciting opportunity has arisen to join Bristol City Council as a Planning Research and Monitoring Officer within the Strategic City Planning team.

We are looking for an enthusiastic graduate to join our forward thinking team to help to deliver the land use policy framework for the city, as we work with adjoining authorities to prepare the West of England Joint Spatial Plan, review the Bristol Local Plan and support local communities, as they prepare their Neighbourhood Plans.

The purpose of research and monitoring is to inform the planning process and provide a sound factual basis for decision-making, whilst also contributing data to government statistics. The post holder will play a key role in land use surveys and planning research studies, making an immediate contribution to the work of the team, the council and its partner organisations.

Land use, development and planning policy research work undertaken by the team can be viewed here.

The closing date for applications is 21st May, with interviews to be held on Tuesday 13th June 2017.


Bristol’s Quality of Life Survey

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Quality of Life Survey

Bristol’s Quality of Life survey provides an annual snapshot of people’s lifestyles and how they feel about living in Bristol.   It gives local residents an opportunity to voice their opinions about living in Bristol, local public services, and what they think needs to be done differently in their area.


This year, for the first time, the survey is open to all members of the public aged 16 and over, giving them the chance to tell the council and other local public services what life is like where they live.  It closes on 29th May 2017.

We need as many people as possible to take part and have their say – to help us improve the city for everyone!

How you can help

  • Please circulate the link
    • to your staff, colleagues or volunteers
    • to clients or customers
    • to other local (Bristol-focussed) networks you may have
    • on social media
  • Please display the attached poster in appropriate locations
    • Note- we can provide printed copies of this poster if required
  • If you have digital display screens (eg in a Reception area), we can provide an image for use on these
  • If you would like to promote Bristol’s Quality of Life survey on your website, we can provide further images

Your views – together with the views of your staff, customers and other citizens – will make a difference, and we would really value your support in promoting Bristol’s Quality of Life 2017 survey.

Further background info

  • The results are used by the council, health service and other public sector partners to help plan local services, track change and improve the quality of life in Bristol.
  • The survey is the council’s main tool for providing neighbourhood level statistics and public perception information. The statistics are analysed to a local ward level and also by age, gender and ethnic minority etc.
  • Quality of Life is an annual survey now in its sixteenth year, although the questions respond to changing priorities.
  • Previous results and further information are available at:
  • If you need a copy of the survey in a different format email: or phone: 0117 922 2848

JSNA 2016-17 Data Profile released

The final Bristol JSNA 2016-17 Data Profile has this week been published on the JSNA webpage  This includes a joint foreword from the Mayor and the chair of Bristol CCG:

It highlights the current health and wellbeing challenges and shows that whilst Bristol is faring well in comparison to many other major cities, some health issues and inequalities remain entrenched.  We are determined to close this gap

See the full Press release on

Mid-2015 Population Estimates for Small Areas

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Mid-2015 Population Estimates for Lower Layer Super Output Areas (LSOA11) have been published by the Office for National Statistics. These have been aggregated to fit the Bristol 2016 ward boundaries on a best-fit basis.

The estimates for Bristol are available here and include population change 2005-2015 and estimates by broad age band and by five year age band. Estimates by single year of age are available on request:

Mid 2015 population estimates by five year age band for 2016 wards

Mid 2015 population estimates by broad age band LSOA

Mid 2005 to mid 2015 population change for 2016 wards

For more information on the population of Bristol go to the Bristol City Council population web page.

Bristol Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Health and Wellbeing Research Report September 2016

An important element of the role of Healthwatch is to gather the experiences of local people to influence commissioning, provision and scrutiny of health and social services. As such, we were pleased to work with the Diversity Trust to conduct a health needs assessment with LGBT+ people across the South West. By doing so, we are building on the experience and the relationships that the Diversity Trust has developed over many years.

We are pleased to endorse the clear, authoritative and achievable recommendations within this report – and will work with local providers to ensure that they understand how to better meet the needs of LGBT+ people. The Care Forum, as host organisation for Healthwatch, has also pledged to improve our understanding and practice – see page 86 for more on this. We have taken these steps in order to model the kind of improvement we would like to see from other organisations across the region.

The report:

The page containing all Healthwatch Bristol reports:


Neighbourhood Partnership areas – new data profiles

We have published new data profiles for the 14 Neighbourhood Partnership areas, on the Neighbourhood Partnership statistical profiles page There is an interactive tool and also an individual report for each NP area.

These NP data profiles contain the same data as in the New Wards Data Profiles recently issued, now summarised for the new NP areas.

  • A user-friendly tool to give an ‘at a glance’ picture of each NP area using indicators such as population, quality of life, education, child poverty, crime, deprivation, housing, health and social care indicators.  It provides options to switch between NP areas and topics, with a Help page and source details.
  • A suite of Neighbourhood Partnership Profile reports for the 14 NP areas – these are pdf reports that provide a report focused on 1 specific NP area, and will open on most devices.

Note for Bristol City Council colleagues – the updated NP Profile tool and reports are also saved in G:\BCC-Common\Strategic Intelligence\Neighbourhood Partnership Profile tool.  Due to enhanced BCC ICT security procedures, the “macros” that drive the tool no longer function on BCC computers if opened straight from an email or the website, hence the G Drive link for internal BCC users.

Please note – This does not affect external partners or the public, who can open all items from the webpage.  It also does not affect the pdf reports.

Planning Research and Monitoring Officer

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a planning graduate to join this forward thinking strategic planning team, as we work with adjoining authorities to shape the planning strategy of the city region.

Directorate: Place
Job Type: Planning & Building Control
Working Hours: Full Time
Employment Type: Permanent
Location: City Hall, College Green, BS1 5TW
Pay Grade: BG8
Salary: £20,456 – 22,434
DBS: Not Applicable
Closing Date: 17/07/2016
Ref No: 984
For more information please go to BCC jobs