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 will be 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.
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.
PO Box 241
Mobile: 07723 009 166
Mr Kemp will be contacting all Representors with details of the Examination process in due course.
Hearing Sessions and Programme
The format for the Hearing Sessions together with a Programme and matters to be discussed will appear here once finalised.
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.
Latest news and updates
7 January 2022: Planning Inspector, Mr Philip Lewis BA(Hons) MA MRTPI appointed.
17 December 2021: LPPU submitted for Examination.