Contents

  1. Current Planning Policy Framework for Bath & North East Somerset
  2. Development Plan
  3. National Planning Policy Guidance
  4. Emerging Local Policy

Last updated: 22nd July 2014


1. Current Planning Policy Framework for Bath & North East Somerset

Applications for planning permission must be determined in accordance with the development plan unless material considerations indicate otherwise.  This gives considerable weight to Development Plan Documents. 

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2. Development Plan

From 10th July 2014 the Development Plan for Bath and North East Somerset comprises:

  1. The Bath & North East Adopted Core Strategy (2014)
  2. Saved policies from the Bath & North East Somerset Local Plan (2007)
  3. West of England Joint Waste Core Strategy (2011) which supersedes all 2007 Local Plan policies on Waste apart from Policies WM.4 and WM.9

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3. National Planning Policy Guidance

 * NPPF and weight given to saved Local Plan policies

As the B&NES Local Plan was adopted in accordance with the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and not under the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 it is the Council’s view that the provisions of paragraph 214 do not apply to the saved Local Plan policies.

 The Council is, nonetheless, obliged to give “due weight” to the saved Local Plan policies according to their degree of consistency with the NPPF (paragraph 215). This means up to and beyond 27th March 2013, where there is a conflict between a saved policy in the B&NES Local Plan and the NPPF, the Council will give “due weight” to the Local Plan policy in accordance with the guidance in paragraph 215.

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4. Emerging Local Policy

4.1 - Placemaking Plan

The purpose of the Placemaking Plan is to complement the strategic framework in the Core Strategy by setting out detailed development principles for identified development sites and other policies for managing development across Bath and North East Somerset. 

The Core Strategy forms Part One of the Local Plan.  The Placemaking Plan, as Part Two of the Local Plan, now needs to set out a robust and positive planning policy framework to promote and deliver high quality, sustainable, well located development supported by the timely provision of necessary infrastructure and to ensure the aims of national and local sustainable development agendas can be met. 

The Placemaking Plan is still in the early stages in the statutory plan preparation process and therefore very little weight can be attributed to it at this stage.  The Council consulted on a Launch Document between July and September 2014 and is due to consult on an Options document from November 2014.

Further information on the Placemaking Plan can be found here: http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/services/planning-and-building-control/planning-policy/placemaking-plan

4.2 - Local Development Scheme

The Local Development Scheme (LDS) lists other emerging policy documents and the programmes. All extant adopted Supplementary Planning Documents and Guidance are listed in Appendix A of the LDS.

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