South Gloucestershire



South Gloucestershire stretches from the Severn Estuary in the west to the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in the east, whilst its southern boundary borders the city of Bristol. With a rich natural and cultural heritage, historic landscapes link unspoilt market towns and villages and established rural and urban communities with major new residential areas and industrial and commercial developments.

Much of our population (62%) lives in the suburbs to the north and east of Bristol. There are also the large towns of Yate, Thornbury and Chipping Sodbury, plus the population centres of Winterbourne and Frampton Cotterell. Around 20% of residents live in rural locations. You’ll find a mix of long-established urban communities, vibrant market towns, small villages and substantial new development. Its strong yet differing communities have individual needs and aspirations and the diversity of our landscapes and neighbourhoods contribute to a high quality of life.

South Gloucestershire is one of the best-connected areas in the country, within easy commuting access from Bristol, Bath, Wiltshire, Somerset, South Wales and beyond. As well as excellent access to the national road network, Bristol Parkway provides fast rail links to London, Birmingham, Cardiff and Southampton.

Find out more about South Gloucestershire

South Gloucestershire Council is a successful and ambitious unitary authority, with a reputation for delivering good quality services. Our local economy is one of the strongest in the country and we are one of only a handful of councils to be a net contributor to the exchequer.

Our success is based in an unwavering commitment to putting our communities first, as we strive to ensure that South Gloucestershire remains a great place to live, work, learn and visit.

Our overarching plan for South Gloucestershire is outlined in our Council Plan. Our four priorities are:

  1. Creating the best start in life for our children and young people
  2. Identifying and supporting those most in need and helping people to help themselves
  3. Promoting sustainable inclusive communities, infrastructure, and growth
  4. Realising the full potential of our people and delivering value for money

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