The cover of the Placemaking Plan Options Document


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

Last updated: 19th July 2017

1. What is the Placemaking Plan?

Bath and North East Somerset Council’s Placemaking Plan was formally adopted by the Council on 13th July 2017.  The Placemaking Plan now forms part of the Development Plan for the District and will be used in the determination of planning applications.

The Placemaking Plan:

  • allocated sites for development for housing, employment and other uses to help meet development needs identified in the Core Strategy;
  • Reviewed and updated the development management policies used in the determination of planning applications
  • facilitated the delivery of key development sites; 
  • safeguarded and enhance the quality and diversity of places in B&NES including the protection of valued assets and identifying opportunities for change; and
  • provided 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. 

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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 was 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 nspector’s final Report 28th June 2017: The Council has now received the Inspector’s final Report on the Placemaking Plan.  The Inspector has found the Placemaking Plan ‘sound’ subject to a number of modifications which are set out in her report. 
Adoption   14th July 2017

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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