The cover of the Placemaking Plan Options Document


  1. What is the Placemaking Plan?
  2. The Programme
  3. Neighbourhood Planning

Last updated: 28th November 2016

1. What is the Placemaking Plan?

Whilst the Council’s Adopted Core Strategy sets out the broad and strategic approach to the level and location of new development throughout Bath and North East Somerset, the Council’s Placemaking Plan focuses more on the specifics, including detailed design principles and development aspirations and updating the planning policies used in determining planning applications.

The Placemaking Plan will:

  • allocate sites for development for housing, employment and other uses to help meet development needs identified in the Core Strategy;
  • Review and update the development management policies used in the determination of planning applications
  • facilitate the delivery of key development sites; 
  • safeguard and enhance the quality and diversity of places in B&NES including the protection of valued assets and identifying opportunities for change; and
  • provide the opportunity to work together with local communities to review Housing Development Boundaries.

The Core Strategy and the Placemaking Plan are complementary planning policy documents, and should be read as one.  The Draft Placemaking Plan was consulted on between 16th December 2015 and 3rd February 2016, and was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate on 12th April 2016 for independent examination.  The Placemaking Plan will be subject to Examination in Public conducted by an Independent Planning Inspector.  A dedicated web page for the Placemaking Plan Examination set out details of the Examination and will be regularly updated.

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2.The Programme and timings

The Council has consulted on the various stages of the document, each consultation informing the next version of the document through assessment of the comments received during the consultations and through continuing dialogue with local residents, stakeholder organisations, developers and landowners.  This dialogue aims to resolve tensions and to ensure that the Draft Plan is the best possible plan that can be achieved; one that reflects the aspirations and ambitions of a very broad range of interests. Inevitably it is extremely unlikely that we will be able to produce the ‘perfect plan’ and there will still be parties who feel aggrieved at some of the content of the Draft Plan.

The current programme for the preparation of the Placemaking Plan is as follows (click on each link for further information):

Stage When?
Launch Document consultation September 2013
Options consultation

27th November 2014 to 5pm, 30th January 2015

Draft Plan consultation From 16th December 2015 to 5pm, 3rd February 2016
Submission to Secretary of State 12th April 2016
Examination Hearings  13th to 30th September 2016 within the Brunswick Room in the Guildhall, Bath.
Receipt of Inspector’s Report 

Autumn 2016.  The Inspector has issued her Interim Report (ID/17) on the submitted Placemaking Plan following the Examination Hearings on 11th November 2016, the Council has updated its Schedule of Rolling Changes as a result.

Adoption   Winter 2016

The above timings reflect the reviewed and revised preparation programme which was confirmed through the Council’s Local Development Scheme considered by full Council at its meeting in November 2015. 

Information on the Launch and Option stages is available within the Placemaking Plan Timeline and History document; this includes links to documents and consultation information, and will be updated with further stages as the document progresses.

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3. Neighbourhood Planning

Whilst the Council is advocating the Placemaking Plan as the principle vehicle for neighbourhood planning activities, the Neighbourhood Planning Protocol also contains information on how communities can take forward a Neighbourhood Plan if they wish to; the Council has prepared the document to advise residents, community groups and businesses about how to get involved in local planning issues.  Please follow this link to the Neighbourhood Planning web-page.

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