21st November 2017
The Council is committed to reviewing its housing requirement, this was agreed within the Core Strategy that was adopted in July 2014. The Council is doing this by reviewing its Core Strategy through the preparation of a Local Plan for the period 2016-2036. Please note that the Local Plan 2016-2036 is currently referred to as the Core Strategy Review in the Council’s Local Development Scheme (LDS).
The 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.
This Draft Sustainability Appraisal (SA) 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.
The document consists of:
- Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report April 2017
- Annex A Policy Plan and Programme Review
- Annex B Baseline Data.