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Planning consultation: Local Plan partial update and Statement of Community Involvement

This consultation is open 6 April to 1 June 2020

We started development of our new Local Plan in 2018, linked to the wider West of England Joint Spatial Plan, a shared strategic plan for the local authorities which make up WECA (The West of England Combined Authority: B&NES, Bristol and South Gloucestershire). However, the Joint Spatial Plan was halted at the Examination stage, and the Plan was withdrawn earlier this year.

We are launching a revised timetable for updating parts of our current Local Plan, and associated planning documents. This page sets out the key documents, and how you can have your say.

Key documents 

Select the key documents below, to read online or download a copy, to view at your leisure.

  • Our new Local Development Scheme (LDS). This document is published for information only, and not for comment. It sets out our timetable in detail. It is the starting point for residents and stakeholders to find out what local planning policies apply in their area, and the planning policy work we will be undertaking.

  • The Local Plan partial update Commencement Document. This document sets out our proposed scope for the review of current local planning policies (together with the Local Plan Policies Review - see below). It is available for you to make comments on.

  • The Local Plan Policies Review. This document lists the particular policies which we are planning to update or revise. It is available for you to make comments on.

  • Our new Statement of Community Involvement. This document sets out how we will consult with residents and stakeholders and how you can get involved in local planning issues, from planning applications through to new planning policies. It is available for you to make comments on.

Why we are updating our Local Plan

The Local Plan is made up of the Core Strategy (adopted in 2014) and the Placemaking Plan (adopted in 2017), both of which cover a period from 2011 to 2029. We had already started work on a new Local Plan, to cover the period 2016 to 2036; however, the withdrawal of the Joint Spatial Plan means that we cannot currently continue that work. The partial review we are now consulting on will update some policies within the Core Strategy and Placemaking Plan. This partial update is not a new Local Plan, and will not roll forward or change the plan period of the adopted Core Strategy and Placemaking Plan. 

The partial update will address important issues including the following:

  • The need to update our housing land supply 

  • The need to update particular policies, where circumstances have changed since our Core Strategy was adopted in 2014, particularly the Council’s declaration of a Climate Emergency 

What do we want your views on?

In our online survey, we are asking the following four questions:

  • Do you have any comments on the proposed scope and content of the Local Plan Partial Update, and the policies to be updated? 
  • Do you have any comments on the programme for the preparation of the Local Plan Partial Update? 
  • Do you have any other specific observations to make on the Local Plan Partial Update?
  • What are your views on the new Draft Statement of Community Involvement?

How can I take part?

This consultation will be held online only. You can respond to our online survey, or email us with your comments.

Respond to the consultation online

Due to the unprecedented situation caused by Covid-19, we are not able to follow our normal processes for public consultations. To protect the health of our communities, there will be no public events or exhibitions. There will be opportunities to contribute ideas and comment on the emerging content of the Local Plan partial update, when we consult on options and policy approaches later in the year.

Other things you can do

We are also running a public consultation calling for sites which may be suitable for development. We will review submissions in our regular assessment of land supply for housing and economic development (HELAA) and a review of renewable energy development proposals. The results will inform our Local Plan Partial Update.

Propose a site for development (HELAA) - public consultation 01 May to 15 June

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