bath and North East Somerset Local Development Framework Evidence Base


  1. Introduction
  2. Summary Documents
  3. Core Strategy Topic Papers
  4. Direct Links

29th November 2017

1. Introduction

The Bath & North East Somerset Local Development Framework (LDF) incorporating the Core Strategy and relevant documents of the Regeneration Delivery Plans (RDPs) will have a major impact on the District. This will include altering property values, improving access to housing, jobs, local services and provision of open space. There will be impacts on environmental or cultural assets and how the District contributes to mitigating and reducing climate change. It is therefore essential that the policy framework is based on a robust evidence base. The studies listed below are a starting point and conclusions will need to be tested through the evolution of the Core Strategy. The determination of the soundness of the Core Strategy will be dependent on the Council’s demonstration that the planning policy options selected are founded on an up to-date evidence base and backed up by appropriate information.

A number of topic based studies have therefore been undertaken and others are in preparation. Some of these studies provide data whilst others suggest a strategy to the Council. These strategies will be taken into account in formulation of the council’s policy documents and will be progressively released as they are completed. The publication of these studies is not an endorsement by the Council as the emerging policy documents may or may not accept the recommendations. Furthermore, some of the studies have tested different development scenarios in order to assess the relative impacts. Testing these scenarios does not imply endorsement by the Council.

In preparing the Core Strategy and RDPs, the Council will assess the various recommendations arising from the various topic based studies and formulate a co-ordinated policy framework. The Council will therefore not consult directly on the studies.  Instead, there will be wide community engagement on how the Council responds to the studies through the LDF/RDP work.

These studies will be used to inform the development of the policy and delivery framework up until 2026 and it will be necessary to review them in due course in conjunction with future policy reviews to take account of changing circumstances.  Some of these studies have been prepared within the last few years since when there has been a significant change in economic circumstances. The evolution of this Core Strategy will take time and studies will need reviewing and updating to take account of this change. The developing policy options will need to take account of this change and some of the studies will need to be updated as a consequence.

This page gives access to studies that form part of the LDF / RDP Evidence Base via topic papers, direct links or links within summary documents grouped by subject.

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 2. Documents grouped by subject

  1. Economic Evidence
  2. Environmental Evidence
  3. Flood Risk Evidence
  4. Housing Evidence (you may also find the Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA) webpage of interest)
  5. Minerals Evidence
  6. Recreation, Cultural and Services Evidence
  7. Retail Evidence
  8. Sustainability Evidence
  9. Transport Evidence
  10. Urban Design, Landscape and Heritage Evidence

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3. Core Strategy Topic Papers

In preparing the now adopted Core Strategy the following Topic Papers were produced:

  1. Topic Paper 1 – Core Strategy Preparation Process
  2. Topic Paper 2 – Overall Strategy
  3. Topic Paper 3 – Climate Change
  4. Topic Paper 4 – Flood Risk and Management
  5. Topic Paper 5 – Affordable Housing
  6. Topic Paper 6 – World Heritage Site & its Setting
  7. Topic Paper 7 - Keynsham and Somer Valley Site Capacities
  8. Topic Paper 8 - Central Bath/River Corridor Site Capacities and Delivery
  9. Topic Paper 9 - Housing and Employment Provision

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4. Direct Links:

  1. Access to Rural Services Study (May 2009)
  2. Access to Rural Services Study Appendix (May 2009)
  3. Bath Western Riverside Affordable Housing Scheme
  4. Bath Western Riverside Outline Decision
  5. BE: Better for Everyone – The Community Strategy for Bath & North East Somerset (2004)
  6. Big Local Trust fund for Radstock and Westfield (2010) – External site
  7. Boyer Planning: Implementation Strategy, land south of Park Road, Keynsham (October 2009)
  8. Boyer Planning: Proof of Evidence, Public Inquiry for land south of Park Road, Keynsham (May 2011)
  9. Community and Parish Plans
  10. Environmental Statement Non-Technical Summary relating to the Bath Western Riverside Development Area, Hepher Dixon (April 2006) 
  11. The Future for Bath and North East Somerset (2006)
  12. The Infrastructure Delivery Programme (November 2017)
  13. Keynsham Town Plan, Keynsham Town Council (2004)
  14. Midsomer Norton and Radstock Area Community Plan (2007)
  15. Planning Position Statement on Cadbury Somerdale (BNP Paribas, March 2011)
  16. Section 106 Agreement relating to the Bath Western Riverside Development Area, (December 2010)
  17. Sustainable Community Strategy (2009)

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