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Local Plan Partial Update (LPPU) - public examination

Why we are updating our Local Plan

We have to review our Local Plan every five years, to determine whether it remains fit for purpose, or whether we need to update all or part of it.

There will be a full review of the Local Plan, alongside the West of England Combined Authority Spatial Development Strategy (SDS) in 2023.

Therefore, we are making a Partial Update of the Local Plan (LPPU), to address a number of urgent issues. 

The Public Examination process

There is a legal framework that we have to follow to change the Local Plan. This involves rounds of public consultation, and finally an examination in public by the Secretary of State. View more detail on the Plan adoption timeline. We are now at the public examination stage. Read more about the stages involved in this process.

Planning Inspector, Mr Philip Lewis BA(Hons) MA MRTPI has been appointed to undertake an independent examination into the soundness of Bath and North East Somerset’s Local Plan Partial Update (the Plan).

The Inspector’s task will be to consider the soundness and legal compliance of the submitted Plan, based on the criteria set out in paragraph 35 of the National Planning Policy Framework 2021 (the Framework) and associated regulations., namely the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004, the Localism Act 2011 and the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012.

The Inspector will consider the representations submitted upon the Regulation 19 Pre-Submission Draft Plan as far as they relate to soundness and legal compliance considerations. A number of informal debates will take place on the principal matters identified by the Inspector these are termed Hearing Sessions.

At the end of the Examination, the Inspector will prepare a report to the Council with precise recommendations, these recommendations may include modifications to the Plan, if such a request is made by the Council.

Guidance Notes have been prepared by the Inspector to help people understand the process and will be available here in due course. Procedural Guidance for Local Plans has also been produced by the Planning Inspectorate. Please also note the Planning Privacy Notice, which applies to making planning policies.

Any queries people may have regarding the Examination process should be directed to the Programme Officer who will be happy to assist.

The Programme Officer

The Programme Officer, Ian Kemp, will act as the contact for any person who has an interest in the Examination and as a liaison between the Inspector, Council and Representors.

He is an independent Officer of the Examination and works on behalf of the Inspector to organise and manage the administrative and procedural elements of the Examination process.

Any matters that anyone wishes to raise with the Inspector should be submitted via the Programme Officer.

Ian Kemp
PO Box 241

Mobile: 07723 009 166


Hearing Sessions and Programme

The LPPU Hearing Sessions will commence at 9.30am on Tuesday 21 June 2022, within the Elwin Room of the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institute, 16-18 Queen Square, Bath, BA1 2HN. The Hearings will resume for a second week on Tuesday 5 July at 9.30am within the Brunswick Room of The Guildhall, High Street, Bath, BA1 5AW.

The Hearing Sessions will be also be live streamed via the Bathnes Public I portal and simultaneously on the Council’s YouTube channel

The Inspector has produced Matters, Issues and Questions. These will form the basis of any further written statements Representors may wish to submit, and provide an outline for discussions at the Hearing Sessions.

We have now updated the Programme for the hearing sessions following consideration of requests to participate. 

EXAM 6A - Hearing Agenda Day 1

EXAM 6B - Hearing Agenda Day 2

EXAM 6C - Hearing Agenda Day 3

Written Statements

The following Written Statements were received in response to the Inspector’s Matters, Issues and Questions. Expand the sections below to see more on each matter.

Examination and Core Documents

In preparing the Plan the Council both refer to and were informed by a number of documents that together form the 'Core Documents' for the Examination. These documents can be accessed on our Core Documents page.

The Core Documents page also includes a section for Examination Documents. These documents have been provided to the Examination since the Plan was submitted on the 17th December 2021.

Examination timeline

5 July 2022: Week 2 Hearings commence (The Guildhall).

30 June 2022: New document added:

  • EXAM 10 - Note on Local Energy Efficiency Targets

29 June 2022: New document added:

23 June 2022: New documents added:

21 June 2022: Week 1 Hearings commence (Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institute).

New documents added:

20 June 2022: New documents added:

  • EXAM 3 (v3 Programme)
  • EXAM 6A - Hearing Agenda Day 1
  • EXAM 6B - Hearing Agenda Day 2
  • EXAM 6C - Hearing Agenda Day 3
  • Written statement: Matter 4 – National Highways

16 June 2022: New written statement added: Matter 3B&NES Council - Appendix D 14 June 2022

8 June 2022: New Evidence Documents added.

  • CD-SD069 - WECA letter to Michael Gove re SDS
  • CD-RCC027 - Climate Change Committee – Sixth Carbon Budget (Sector Summary on Buildings)
  • CD-RCC028 - South West Energy Hub – B&NES Evidence for Offsetting
  • CD-RCC029 - Evidence to Support Responses to The FHS Consultation
  • CD-RCC030 - A Report for the Committee on Climate Change: Cost and Benefits for Tighter Standards for New Buildings
  • CD-RCC031 - Guidance Note on renewable energy in the Green Belt
  • CD-ENV003 - B&NES Tree and Woodland Delivery Plan
  • CD-HOU007 - West of England Local Housing Needs Assessment
  • CD-HOU008 - Code of Standards for Student Accommodation
  • CD-HOU009 - Housing Trajectory 2022
  • CD-EDV005 - AMR - Industrial Dashboard 2011 to 2021
  • CD-INF002 - Childcare Sufficiency Assessment
  • CD-INF003 - West of England Joint Green Infrastructure Strategy 2020-2030
  • CD-INF004 - B&NES Planning Obligations Supplementary Planning Document

8 June 2022: Written Statements published.

6 June 2022: Deadline for Written Statements.

24 May 2022: Deadline for any remaining Statements of Common Ground.

19 May 2022: Evidence documents added to Core Documents page. Please see the Historic Environment section, under Evidence Papers (CD-HIS001)

14 May 2022: EXAM 3 (v2 Programme) published.

11 May 2022: Evidence documents added to Core Documents page. Please see Evidence papers, Responding to Climate Change (CD-RCC015 - CD-RCC026)

6 May 2022: Representors to inform Programme Officer if they wish to appear at the Hearings.

22 April 2022: EXAM 5 - Inspector Note on Scope of Examination

14 April 2022: EXAM 2 (Guidance Notes), EXAM 3 (Programme) and EXAM 4 (Matters, Issues & Questions) Issued.

7 March 2022: EXAM1A and EXAM1B – B&NES response to Inspector’s Initial Questions: EXAM1.

9 February 2022: EXAM 1 – Inspector’s Initial Questions submitted.

7 January 2022: Planning Inspector, Mr Philip Lewis BA(Hons) MA MRTPI appointed.

17 December 2021: LPPU submitted for Examination.