Consultation on the Bath & North East Somerset Local Plan 2016 – 2036

Local Plan 2016-2036

The Council is preparing a new Local Plan. This is principally about the use and development of land.

It will help deliver the West of England Joint Spatial Plan, covering all four West of England Districts for the period 2016-2036.

The Local Plan will include a strategy for development, site allocations (including strategic development locations and smaller sites) to meet identified development needs and policies for determining planning applications.

Last year the Council consulted on a limited range of issues including high-level options for housing, Strategic Development Locations (at North Keynsham and Whitchurch) and student accommodation.

Following feedback from the last consultation and further evidence, this document outlines policy options relating to:

• Spatial Strategy, including housing options in the Somer Valley and rural areas
• Bath
• Keynsham
• Whitchurch
• Somer Valley
• Development Management policies, focusing on new and reviewed policy areas

This consultation is an opportunity to comment on the options. These will help to inform the preparation of a Draft Plan next year setting out the Council’s proposed site allocations and policy framework.

Consultation details

The consultation on the Local Plan options ends on 7th January 2019.

All consultation documents, background evidence will be available from 12th November 2018 via this link

The Options document can also be viewed at the following locations during opening hours:

• Council offices
– The One Stop Shop, Lewis House, Manvers Street, Bath, BA1 1JG
– Midsomer Norton Library & Information Service, The Hollies, Midsomer Norton, BA3 2DP
– Keynsham Library & Information Service, Civic Centre, Temple Street, Keynsham, BS31 1LA
• all public and community libraries in the District, including the mobile library
• the drop-in sessions (details below)

How to make comments

You are strongly encouraged to make your comments on-line using the consultation portal Alternatively, you can email your completed comments form to or send your completed form to Planning Policy, Bath & North East Somerset Council, PO Box 5006, Bath BA1 1JG.

West of England Joint Spatial Plan

The Joint Spatial Plan has been submitted for Examination. The Examination Inspectors have asked for additional work to be undertaken on the Joint Spatial Plan and for this work to be subject to public consultation. The consultation period on these documents is also from 12 November 2018 to 7 January 2019.

This is a separate consultation and further details can be found on the West of England website:

Transport Options Assessment Reports

In order to deliver housing and job growth at the Strategic Development Locations a series of key transport infrastructure measures need to be brought forward. Work has been undertaken assessing options outlined in the Options Assessment Reports and referenced in the relevant sections of the Local Plan Options document. The Transport Options Assessment Reports are also subject to consultation alongside the Local Plan.

Staffed exhibitions

The council will be holding a number of staffed exhibitions (details below), which members of the public are welcome to attend and discuss issues with officers. These exhibitions will have information on the projects outlined above, as well as the Joint Local Transport Plan and other projects in Keynsham (Town Centre improvements) and the Somer Valley (Enterprise Zone transport improvements).

Venue Date

Whitchurch – Community Centre (large room) 19 November (3.30– 7.30 pm)
Bath – Brunswick Room, The Guildhall 20 November (3.30 – 7.30 pm)
Keynsham – Civic Centre Community Space 22 November (3.30 – 7.30 pm)
Paulton Village Hall 23 November (3.30 – 7.30 pm)
Midsomer Norton – Town Hall (Assembly Room) 30 November (3.30 – 7.30 pm)

Please ensure your comments on the BANES Local Plan Options reach us by Monday 7 January 2019.