The cover of the Core Strategy Review Commencement Document


  1. Introduction
  2. NEW: Consultation on the Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report
  3. Consultation on the Commencement Document
  4. Other relevant consultations

21st April 2017

1. Introduction

The Council is reviewing its Core Strategy through the preparation of a Local Plan for the period 2016-2036. The Local Plan 2016-2036 is currently referred to as the Core Strategy Review in the Council’s Local Development Scheme (LDS). The LDS is proposed to be reviewed and amended soon. The Council has also recently consulted on a Core Strategy Review Commencement Document (see below).

Bath & North East Somerset’s Core Strategyadopted in July 2014, includes a commitment to an early review of the housing requirement.  This review is being undertaken alongside the West of England Joint Spatial Plan which will provide a new strategic planning context for all four West of England areas including Bath & North East Somerset.  It will set the revised housing numbers for Bath & North East Somerset and an affordable housing target up to 2036. In undertaking this review it is proposed to formally combine the Core Strategy (Adopted 2014) and the Placemaking Plan (currently at Examination) into one DPD by preparing the Local Plan 2016-2036.

The Local Plan 2016-2036 will allocate strategic sites at locations identified in the Joint Spatial Plan and other development opportunities will be identified and allocated.  This is also an opportunity to look again at other policy areas contained within both the Core Strategy and the Placemaking Plan such as renewable energy targets and what infrastructure is needed to support additional development.

The proposed content, scope and programme of the Local Plan 2016-2036 identifying policy areas to be reviewed is set out in the Core Strategy Review Commencement Document.

A quick guide explaining the Core Strategy Review, the timetable and how to make comments can be viewed or downloaded here

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2. Consultation on the Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report

This Draft Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report forms the starting point for a process of sustainability appraisal (SA) which will guide the evolution and assessment of the proposed Local Plan 2016-2036 Development Plan Document (DPD) for Bath and North East Somerset.

This Draft SA Scoping Report:

  • Sets out the background to this particular appraisal;
  • Identifies sustainability issues relevant to the DPD; and
  • Presents a draft sustainability appraisal framework.

The document consists of:

If you would like to make comments on the Draft SA Scoping report please email: by 5pm on 25th May 2017.

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3. Consultation on the Commencement Document

Consultation on the Core Strategy Review Commencement Document was held between 7th November to 5pm on 19th December 2016. This consultation has now closed.
A Schedule of the Comments received is available via this link. The Council will consider the issues raised in the comments in preparing the Local Plan 2016-2036 Options document.   

4. Other relevant consultations

Please note that consultation on the Core Strategy Review Commencement Document has now closed.  This took  place at the same time as the West of England’s consultation on the Joint Spatial Plan and the Joint Transport Study (consultation also closed).  The Joint Spatial Plan sets the context for the B&NES Local Plan 2016-2036.  Further details on this consultation can be accessed on the West of England website:

The Examination Hearings on the Placemaking Plan ended on 13th October 2016.  The Council has received the Inspector’s interim findings and is currently consulting on the Inspector’s recommended Main Modifications to the Placemaking Plan.  This consultation runs from 5th January to 14th February 2017.  Further information on the Placemaking Plan can be viewed via  For further information and any queries, please contact with the Planning Policy team on 01225 477548 or by email at

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