Bristol Mayor George Ferguson wants to make city most open for business in the UK
BRISTOL mayor George Ferguson has pledged to make Bristol the most "open for business" city in the UK.
Speaking in Cannes at MIPIM, Europe's biggest property show, Mr Ferguson said he wanted the city council to have a single planning committee to simplify the planning process for potential developers.
And he said he was open to the idea of councillors receiving training in planning procedures.
He told The Post: "I know it has to be approved by councillors but I want planning to be better resourced and better informed."
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The city council has attracted criticism in the past from developers whose high-profile plans – although recommended for approval by officers – have been thrown out by councillors.
These included the Sainsbury's plan for Ashton Gate, Gloucestershire Cricket Club's bid for a new ground and the initial housing plan for Bristol General Hospital.
Mr Ferguson added: "I know I can't influence decisions but I can create the conditions in which sensible planning takes place."
He said the city should have a "developer strategy" to create more certainty for potential investors and would also like successful developers to help sell the city to others.