Bristol Floating Harbour has been progressively turned around from a redundant dock into a vibrant mixed use, cultural destination in the heart of city centre. Local authority played a leading role.

The focus of local policy in the 1960s and early 1970s was on growth, "modernising" the city, the central area redevelopment. Limited scope for public involvement in planning caused growing protest against insensitive redevelopment by conservation and residents organisations

The first stage (finding appropriate uses to regenerate the docks, increasing market confidence, mobilising investment) happened
1978 with the adoption of the Dock's...