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: 12th July 2018
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 and details of Neighbourhood Planning workshops with presentations on key issues.
For further information please contact email@example.com
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 or are waiting to become designated as a Neighbourhood Planning Area. Future application 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 - Pre submission draft consultation from the 5th of March until 16th of April 2018. Please find details in the link below:
- The Stanton Drew Neighbourhood Plan Application Pack
- Stanton Drew Parish Council's Neighbourhood Planning Website
There are currently no Neighbourhood Plans in the draft stage.
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 with Pensford
- The Publow with Pensford Neighbourhood Plan (Referendum Version)
- The Publow with Pensford Neighbourhood Plan Timeline and History
- Publow with Pensford Parish Council's Neighbourhood Plan Website
- Stowey Sutton
- The Stowey Sutton Neighbourhood Plan (16.1 MB)
- The Stowey Sutton Neighbourhood Plan Timeline and History
- The Stowey Sutton Neighbourhood Plan Website
- Whitchurch Village
8. Neighbourhood Development and Community Right to Build Orders
The following proposals have come forward within Bath and North East Somerset:
The Freshford Village Memorial Hall’s Community Right to Build Order proposes:
- Development of land at Freshford Village Memorial Hall, Freshford Lane, Freshford, Bath, BA2 7UR.
- To enhance, modernise and extend the existing Freshford Village Memorial Hall
- The proposed development will incorporate purpose-built doctor's surgery and Pre-school extensions to the existing refurbished main hall and meeting room accommodation.
The Order is currently in the pre-submission stage, with a consultation period between 16th April – 28th May 2018. Please see the link above for further information