The cover of the Local Plan 2016 to 2036 Issues and Options Document


  1. Introduction
  2. Forthcoming Consultation: Autumn 2018
  3. Previous Consultation: Consultation on the Issues and Options: 22nd November 2017 to 10th January 2018
  4. Consultation on the West of England Joint Spatial Plan

Last updated: 8th February 2018

1. Introduction

Bath & North East Somerset is preparing a new Local Plan for the District, through which the Core Strategy is being reviewed.  The new Local Plan is being prepared alongside the West of England Joint Spatial Plan which will provide a new strategic planning context for all four West of England Districts for the period 2016 - 2036. Consultation on the Draft Joint Spatial Plan is also taking place now (see below).

The new B&NES Local Plan will include a strategy to guide development, site allocations (including strategic development locations and smaller sites) to meet development requirements and district-wide Development Management policies for determining planning applications. 

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2. Forthcoming Consultation

In the Winter 2017 Issues & Options document it was proposed that there would be two further stages of informal consultation (under regulation 18) on options and preferred options (in spring & summer 2018 respectively) prior to preparation and publication of the Draft Local Plan in autumn 2018. In order to simplify informal consultation there will no longer be consultation in spring 2018 and the next stage of consultation will be on an Options document in Autumn 2018. This will deal with the comprehensive range of issues being addressed by the Local Plan. Comments on the Autumn 2018 Options document will be used to inform preparation of the Draft Local Plan to be published later in the year.

If you would like to be informed of this and future consultations by the Planning Policy Team please email to ask to be added to the mailing list.

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3. Consultation on the Issues and Options: 22nd November 2017 to 10th January 2018

In November 2016 the Council published a Commencement Document when people had the opportunity to comment on the issues to be addressed in the Plan.  The consultation covered for four broad areas:

  1. Vision & Priorities
  2. Where new development should be located
  3. Strategic Development Locations
  4. University growth and student accommodation requirements

The consultation documents, background evidence and on-line consultation portal are available via the links below:

You can also view the the B&NES Local Plan Options Stage 1 document at the following locations during opening hours:

  • Council offices:
    • The One Stop Shop, Manvers Street, Bath, BA1 1JG
    • The Hollies, Midsomer Norton, Bath, BA3 2DP
    • Civic Centre One Stop Shop, Temple Street, Keynsham, Bristol, BS31 1LA
  • At all public libraries in the District, including the mobile libraries

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4. Consultation on the West of England Joint Spatial Plan

Please note that consultation on the B&NES Local Plan Options took place in parallel with that on the Joint Spatial Plan.  These were two separate consultations.  Further information on the Joint Spatial Plan Examinationcan be found on the West of England website  

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