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Lisa Bartlett
Director - Development & Public Protection

Record year for new house builds across Bath and North East Somerset

It has been another record year for house building across Bath and North East Somerset with 1245 new homes constructed – the most in the authority’s 22 year history.  Read more about this here:

Planning Portal Financial Transaction Service

As you are probably aware the Planning Portal have enhanced their website making it quicker and easier for you to submit and pay for applications or notifications all at the same time. As a result, we will no longer accept applications that can be submitted online through the Portal, as attachments to any B&NES email address.  Also please note that the only email address for any other application types and revised plans and drawings is Submissions to individual officer email addresses will not be deemed as received.

Priston Village Design to become a Statement Supplementary Planning Document

Priston Village Design Statement coverPriston Parish Council has submitted a Village Design Statement (VDS) to the Council for consideration as a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD).  The VDS was prepared following extensive consultation within the Parish, building upon Character Assessment. Following a further period of consultation during the Summer, the SPD is due to be formally adopted by the Council in early October.  Read the document here:

Westfield Neighbourhood Plan 

Westfield Neighbourhood Development Plan coverWestfield Neighbourhood Plan has successfully passed the Referendum with a majority voting in favour of the Plan.  It now forms part of the statutory development plan for determining planning applications and will be formally made in at the end of October 2018.   To find out more, follow this link:

Sustainable Construction Checklist Supplementary Planning Document

The consultation on the Sustainable Construction SPD Checklist has now closed. The SPD is being revised to take account of the comments received and will be presented for adoption in October. The SPD will be implemented immediately following adoption. Current applicants have the choice of using the old Checklist or the draft Sustainable Construction Checklist SPD. Whilst the new requirements in the SPD will not come into force until the SPD is adopted, we would encourage applicants to use the reporting formats in the draft SPD instead of the old Sustainable Construction Checklist which is now out of date. For full details please visit the Sustainable Construction web page.

Forthcoming consultations -

Local Plan Options

The Council will be consulting on further Local Plan Options between 12th November and 21st December 2018.  To complement this there will also be a chance to comment on transport studies for the Strategic Development Locations (SDLs) proposed for North Keynsham and Whitchurch, the latest version of the Joint Local Transport Plan (JLTP4), Keynsham High Street proposals and proposals for the Somer Valley Enterprise Zone. 

Draft Joint Spatial Plan

The Planning Inspectors currently examining the draft Joint Spatial Plan (JSP) have requested additional information from the four West of England Councils in relation to Sustainability Appraisal (SA) and Habitat Regulation Assessment (HRA), as well as requesting clarification and further evidence within other technical work areas, including transport.   

The Councils will therefore being running a six-week consultation during November and December this year to give people the opportunity to comment on this information.  This will run parallel with the B&NES Local Plan Options consultation, between 12th November and 21st December 2018. 

To keep up to date with the draft Joint Spatial Plan examination, follow this link:

Fond Farewells

Richard Sermon - Archaeological Officer

Andrew Avramenko - Technical Support Officer

Andrew Sharland - Landscape Officer


Alice Barnes - Planning Policy Officer


Alison Howell - Ecologist

Last updated: September 2018

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