The current status of Neighbourhood Plans in Bath & North East Somerset, an interactive version is avialable via Services in Your Area (top-right)
Last updated: 18th July 2017
Producing a Neighbourhood Development Plan provides an exciting opportunity for communities to become directly involved in planning policy. A plan allows the local community to create a vision and planning policies for the use and development of land in a neighbourhood.
For example, where new homes and businesses can be built and what they should look like. Neighbourhood Development Plans can be general or more detailed, depending on what is important to local people. They must however, conform with the strategic policies in the Core Strategy and the national planning policy framework.
Once a Neighbourhood Plan is made it becomes part of the statutory Development Plan against which planning applications are determined.
The video below provides a summary of neighbourhood planning issues.
If you are thinking about developing a neighbourhood plan please look at the B&NES Neighbourhood Planning Protocol document which has a chapter on neighbourhood planning and the main steps. The Neighbourhood Planning Protocol also explains how people can get involved in local planning issues. There is also a dedicated Neighbourhood Planning support page.
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On 31st May 2017 Bath and North East Somerset Council’s Environment & Design Team, together with the Bathscape Partnership and the Mendip Hills AONB Partnership, in junction with Locality held a neighbourhood planning workshop in Keynsham focusing on landscape, ecology and environmental matters.
The event was attended by 35 delegates and aimed to provide groups at all stages, with the skills and tools required to deliver and adopt a high quality neighbourhood plan. The presentations can be found below:
- Cllr Liz Richardson, Cabinet Member for Planning – top three tips for considering landscape in your Neighbourhood Plan
- Cleo Newcombe-Jones, Senior Planner – An Introduction to including Environmental Issues in Neighbourhood Plans
- Andrew Sharland, Senior Landscape Architect – Including Landscape in Neighbourhood Plans
- Di Shepherd, Ecologist – Including Ecology in Neighbourhood Plans
- Cindy Carter, Mendip Hills AONB – Considering the AONB in your Neighbourhood Plan.
Earlier, on 25th January 2017, Bath and North East Somerset Council and Mendip Council in junction with Locality held a neighbourhood planning workshop in Bath city for parish councils and local groups across the south west region.
The event was attended by over 150 delegates and aimed to provide groups at all stages, with the skills and tools required to deliver and adopt a high quality neighbourhood plan. The topics covered by industry experts included:
- The Power of Neighbourhood Planning by Lorraine Hart of Locality
- Over coming legal issues by Maria Lucas of Bath and North East Somerset Council
- The Politics of Planning and working with consultants by John Baker of Peter Brett Associates
- Experiences in Neighbourhood Planning, Lessons learned from Neighbourhood Plans in Bristol by Sarah O’Driscoll of Bristol City Council
- Strategic Environmental Assessment by Neil Davidson of Lepus Consulting
- Working with the Historic Environment by David Stuart of Historic England
- Ecology, Landscape Assessment and Green Infrastructure in Neighbourhood Planning and by Andrew Sharland and Kären Renshaw of Bath and North East Somerset Council
- Writing effective planning policies by Natasha Durham of Mendip District Council
The presentations from each speaker can be downloaded via the above links.
In order to prepare a neighbourhood plan, the first formal stage is to designate the neighbourhood area (see Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012). The 'qualifying body' (usually the town or parish council) has to apply to B&NES to designate a neighbourhood area, state its reasons and submit a map of the proposed area. Applications can be commented on during the associated consultation period when hard copies of the relevant documents can be viewed in the Bath Central Library during normal opening hours and in the ne Stop Shop, Manvers St, Bath during normal opening hours.
The Council is now accepting applications for designation as Neighbourhood Forums and Neighbourhood Areas:
- Neighbourhood Forum Designation application form (for un-parished areas, for example areas within the City of Bath)
- Neighbourhood Area Designation application form (for Parish and Town Councils)
Please submit your application to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to Planning Policy, Planning Services, Bath & North East Somerset Council, Lewis House, Manvers Street, Bath, BA1 1JG.
Currently there are no Parish/Town/Forums that have applied and are awaiting to become designated as Neighbourhood Planning Area. Future applications for designations will be shown here.
The following Parish and Town Councils have submitted a formal application to have an area (usually their parish or sometimes a cluster of parishes working together) designated as a neighbourhood plan area. The Parish and Town Councils which have been designated are now working on their evidence bases and plans. Please click on the hyperlinks below for further information relating to each application and the application packs:
- The Batheaston Neighbourhood Plan Application Pack
- Batheaston Parish Council's Neighbourhood Planning Website
- High Littleton and Hallatrow
- The Keynsham Neighbourhood Plan Application Pack
- Keynsham Town Council's Neighbourhood Planning Website
- Midsomer Norton
- The Midsomer Norton Neighbourhood Plan Application Pack
- Midsomer Norton Town Council's Neighbourhood Planning Website
- Stanton Drew
- The Stanton Drew Neighbourhood Plan Application Pack
- Stanton Drew Parish Council's Neighbourhood Planning Website
- The Timsbury Neighbourhood Plan Application Pack
- Timsbury Parish Council's Neighbourhood Planning Website
The following Parish and Town Councils have submitted their draft plans to B&NES and the Plans. Please click on the hyperlinks below for further information relating to each application:
- The Draft Whitchurch Neighbourhood Plan is available here and is out for consultation between 19th May and 5pm on 30th June 2017.
The following Parish and Town Councils have ‘made’ neighbourhood plans and are now undertaking a review of the Made Plan.
- Clutton Parish Council
- In October 2016, Clutton Parish Council decided to embark on the production of a new Neighbourhood Plan for the parish, which will replace the Clutton Neighbourhood Plan (made in November 2015). The new Neighbourhood Plan will involve reviewing policies in the existing Neighbourhood Plan and will also take into account policies that will be contained within the emerging South West of England Joint Spatial Plan. The review of the Clutton neighbourhood plan will follow the same formal stages as the ‘made plan’ in accordance with the neighbourhood planning regulations.
The following Parish and Town Councils have ‘made’ neighbourhood plans. The Decision Statement is available within the associated Neighbourhood Timeline and History document. Please click on the hyperlinks below for further information relating to each application.
- Chew Valley Area
- The Chew Valley Neighbourhood Plan, Referendum Version (26MB) - External Link
- The Chew Valley Neighbourhood Plan Timeline and History
- The Chew Valley Neighbourhood Plan Website
- The Clutton Neighbourhood Plan
- The Clutton Neighbourhood Plan Appendices
- The Clutton Neighbourhood Plan Timeline and History
- The Clutton Neighbourhood Plan Website
- The Englishcombe Neighbourhood Plan
- The Englishcombe Neighbourhood Plan Timeline and Appendices
- The Englishcombe Neighbourhood Plan website
- Freshford & Limpley Stoke
- The Freshford & Limpley Stoke Neighbourhood Plan (43 MB)
- The Freshford Neighbourhood Plan Timeline and History
- Freshford Parish Council's Neighbourhood Planning Website
- Publow & Pensford
- A referendum on the Publow with Pensford Neighbourhood Development Plan was held on Thursday 4th February 2017. The referendum area was the same as the designated Publow with Pensford Neighbourhood Plan Area. The result of the vote was in favour of the Plan, with the majority of those voting casting ballots 60.1% were in favour of a ‘yes’. The turnout was 42.14%. The Publow with Pensford Neighbourhood Plan has passed the referendum and has been brought into legal force (‘made’) to become part of the development plan.
- Stowey Sutton