There are sites throughout Bristol which are large sites and they are being advertised for sale or for lease but often people cannot get past the gatekeeper on the telephone to find out full details about the site, how much the owner wants for the site and they cannot be sent any details.
The sites aren't always added to databases and made searchable and those sites certainly do not appear in results. Then at planning meetings we hear excuses like "there's been no interest".
Bristol City Council should start an online database which lists every site in the city which is vacant and make it mandatory for all new sites and sites which become vacant to be added to this database. Any sites missed by owners will be faced with a huge fines for potentially holding back the city from potential investors searching online from national and international locations.
Bristol Council to have a telephone number added to all sites being advertised so that callers going to a gatekeeper can call BCC instead and ensure that their call is taken seriously when the BCC dept have details of the site owner and the agency involved. Penalties for potentially causing delay to investors as well.
An eysore tax for sites which bring down the appearance of local communities and lead to areas feeling deprived.
It's important because businesses aren't seeing all opportunities online and those opportunities for Bristol are across various databases when they should also be in one smart searchable location.
It's important because planners ask for a change of use for sites which aren't being properly advertised.
It will get Bristol building a lot quicker and it cuts out the middle team if they do not act fast enough to see sites developed with current planning permission.
An eyesore tax of say 20% a year will see BCC take full control of the city's most neglected sites within 3 years if the owner doesn't take action or has vanished beyond reach.