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. Therefore, we have progressed a Partial Update of the Local Plan (LPPU), to address a number of urgent issues.
The Public Examination
We submitted the draft LPPU for Examination on 17 December, 2021, and Planning Inspector, Mr Philip Lewis BA(Hons) MA MRTPI was appointed to undertake an independent examination into the soundness of the Plan.
The Inspector’s task was to consider the soundness and legal compliance of the submitted Plan, based on the criteria set out in the following national planning policy legislation and associated regulations :
- Paragraph 35 of the National Planning Policy Framework 2021 (the Framework)
- Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004
- Localism Act 2011
- Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012
Following the conclusion of the Examination hearings, and subsequent Main Modifications consultation, the Inspector has issued his Final Report. This report concludes that the submitted LPPU, subject to some main modifications, is sound and legally compliant, and can progress to be adopted by the Council. The LPPU was adopted at a Special Council Meeting on 19 January 2023. The LPPU now carries full weight in the Development Plan for the District.
Request for feedback
The Planning Inspectorate would like your feedback about the Examination. If you were involved in the Examination because you made comments in writing and/or you took part in a hearing session, then they would be very pleased if you could fill in this short online survey. Any comments you make will be confidential.
Core Documents archive
The Examination has now closed. The documents which were submitted with the LPPU in December 2021, and any further documents generated through the Examination process following submission, are still available on our Core Documents page, as they may still be useful for stakeholders to access.
The Examination period timeline shows details of the different events and hearings, and documents generated during the Examination period. Information is ordered chronologically, with the most recent items first.
View the timeline
14 December 2022: Publication of Inspector's Report:
9 November 2022: New document added:
- EXAM22 Schedule of Representations to Main Modifications consultation
2 November 2022: LPPU main modifications public consultation closed
21 September 2022: LPPU main modifications public consultation opened
12 September 2022: New document added:
- EXAM22 Update note on Spatial Development Strategy
25 August 2022: New documents added:
- EXAM 19 B&NES Post Hearings Position Statements with participants
- EXAM 20 B&NES Post Hearings Position Statement with University of Bath
- EXAM 21 Strategic policies identification
23 August 2022: New document added: EXAM 18 Inspector’s Post Hearing Letter
26 July 2022: New documents added:
- EXAM 15 Houses in Multiple Occupation in Bath
- EXAM 16 Note on Five Year Housing Land Supply identifying areas of disagreement between the Council and Walsingham Planning representing Vistry Homes
- EXAM 17 Note setting out the CIL strategic and local spend arrangement relating to transport infrastructure
6 July 2022: Close of Hearing Sessions.
New documents added:
5 July 2022: Week 2 Hearings commence (The Guildhall).
4 July 2022: New documents added:
- EXAM 6D Hearing Agenda Day 4
- EXAM 6E Hearing Agenda Day 5
- EXAM 10 - Note on Local Energy Efficiency Targets
- Supplementary Note on 5 Year Housing Land Supply, including appendix
- Student Accommodation Update June 2022
29 June 2022: New document added:
- EXAM 3 (v5 Programme)
23 June 2022: New documents added:
21 June 2022: Week 1 Hearings commence (Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institute).
New documents added:
- EXAM 7 Hearings Opening Statement
- EXAM 7A Supplementary Note on SDS Halt
- EXAM 8 - Schedule of Proposed Changes as at 20 June 22
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.
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.
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
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.