Last updated:  23 August 2016.

The Authority produces and publishes a variety of Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs), formerly Supplementary Planning Guidance documents (SPGs).  These add further detail to the policies in the Local Plan and can be used to provide further guidance for development on specific sites, or on particular issues, such as design. 

SPDs are not examined by an Inspector as Development Planning Documents are, such as the Core Strategy and Placemaking Plan.  However, SPDs are subject to a process of consultation, are formerly adopted by a Council resolution, and can be a material consideration in planning decisions.

This page includes the various SPDs, SPGs and other information produced that may be helpful in developing and considering planning applications.  Please use the A to Z shortcuts below to navigate to the document of interest. 

Disclaimer

The guidance notes are neither a statement of law nor an interpretation of the law, and their status is only an introductory guide to planning issues.

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Agricultural Building Design Guidelines (2001)

This document applies to the Mendip Area of Outstanding Beatuty (AONB) only and supplements saved policies in the JRSP.  External link: Mendip Hills AONB website

Archaeology in Bath & North East Somerset SPG (2004)

This supports Policies BH.11, BH.12 and BH.13 of the Bath & North East Somerset Local Plan.  Further information is available on the Archaeology and Planning webpage.

Archaeology in Bath SPG (2004)

This supports Policies BH.11, BH.12 and BH.13 of the Bath & North East Somerset Local Plan.  Further information is available on the Archaeology and Planning webpage.

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Bath City-wide Character Appraisal SPD (2005)

 

Bath Conservation Area Commercial signage and tables and chairs on the highway Design and Conservation Guidance (2016)

This supports Policies BH.1, BH.6, BH.8, BH.15, D.1, D.2, D.4, HG.7, GB.2, NE.1, NE.2, NE.3, NE.12 and NE.15 of the Bath & North East Somerset Local Plan.

 

The document provides design and conservation guidance within the City of Bath Conservation Area for commercial signage and placing of tables and chairs on the highway.  It is for informal use by Planning Services when determining applications for planning permission and listed building consent, as well as a point of reference for property owners, retailers and agents.

Bath Shopfronts: Guidelines for Design and Conservation (1993)
Bath Western Riverside SPD (2008)

This is a Spatial Masterplan to guide the redevelopment and regeneration of Western Riverside. It supplements Bath & North East Somerset’s Local Plan site allocation Policy GDS.1/B1 (Further information on Bath Western Riverside is available elsewhere on this website via this link).

Bath Western Riverside SPD Sustainability Appraisal

This Sustainability Appraisal sets out how the Bath Western Riverside SPD performs against established criteria for sustainable development as part of the statutory process of Sustainability Appraisal. The Sustainability Appraisal Report incorporates four documents:

  1. Non-technical summary (0.4 MB)
  2. Main Report, June 2006 (0.5 MB)
  3. Appendices, June 2006 (0.9 MB)
  4. Addendum (0.6 MB)
Bath Western Riverside SPD Strategic Environmental Assessment and Sustainability Appraisal
Bathford Village Design Statement (2005) – External Link This was saved as SPG to supplement the B&NES Local Plan.

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Chew Magna Conservation Area Statement (2003) This was saved as SPG to supplement the Bath & North East Somerset Local Plan.
Chew Magna Village Design Statement (2006) This was saved as SPG to supplement the Bath & North East Somerset Local Plan.
City of Bath World Heritage Site Setting SPD (2013) The key purpose of this document is to provide this information and the tools needed for the effective protection and appropriate management of the World Heritage Site setting in support of policies in the Local Plan and the Core Strategy once it is adopted.

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Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Guidance For Listed Buildings and Undesignated Historic Buildings (2013)

This guidance is intended to provide general advice to owners of historic buildings, developers, architects, surveyors and anyone proposing measures to improve energy efficiency or domestic scale renewable energy of designated and undesignated heritage assets.

The Energy Efficiency Retrofitting & Renewables Permitted Development Check List & Guidance Note is also available.

Existing Dwellings in the Green Belt SPD (2008) This supplements Bath & North East Somerset’s Local Plan Policies HG.14 and HG.15. It provides further information and guidance on the approach the Council as a Local Planning Authority will take in relation to extensions to dwellings in the Green Belt and the circumstances under which replacement dwellings will be acceptable. 
Existing Dwellings in the Green Belt SPD Sustainability Appraisals
External Building Materials: Local Design Guide This was saved as SPG to supplement the Bath & North East Somerset Local Plan.

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Hallatrow& High Littleton Village Design Statement (2003) This was saved as SPG to supplement the Bath & North East Somerset Local Plan.
Horse Related Development (2004), Mendip AONB only This document applies to the Mendip Area of Outstanding Beatuty (AONB) only and supplements Policies NE.2 and SR.12 of the Bath & North East Somerset Local Plan.
Houses of Multiple Occupation SPD (2013) Somerset in relation to Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO), giving extra control over Houses in Multiple Occupation in the city, controlling their future growth and improving their standard and management.

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Larkhall Character Statement (March 1998) This was saved as SPG to supplement the Bath & North East Somerset Local Plan.
Locally Important Buildings SPD (Consultation Draft, April 2008) This sets out detailed planning guidance to supplement the Bath & North East Somerset Local Plan (Adopted Oct 2007) policy on the list of Locally Important Buildings (Policy BH.5).  The work on the document has been suspended and the document is available in draft status only (it has not been adopted).

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Midsomer Norton and Welton Conservation Area Statement (2004) This was saved as SPG to supplement the Bath & North East Somerset Local Plan.

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Paulton Conservation Area Statement (2003) This was saved as SPG to supplement the Bath & North East Somerset Local Plan.
Paulton Village Design Statement (2001) This was saved as SPG to supplement the Bath & North East Somerset Local Plan.
Peasedown St. John Village Statement (2001) This was saved as SPG to supplement the Bath & North East Somerset Local Plan.
Permitted Development checklist for energy efficiency and domestic renewables
Planning Obligations SPD (2015) The purpose of this SPD is to provide clear guidance on the Council’s approach to Planning Obligations. It replaces the Planning Obligations SPD approved in 2009 and Appendix C of the Bath Western Riverside SPD.  A note has been produced which sets out how local housing standards policies will apply in Bath and North East Somerset from October 1st 2015.  The Planning Obligations SPD Sustainability Appraisal is available via this link.

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Renewable Energy in the Green Belt in Bath & North East Somerset (April 2013) An informal guidance note on non-domestic renewable energy produced by Bath & North East Somerset Council in collaboration with Regen SW.
Rural Landscapes of Bath & North East Somerset: A Landscape Character Assessment SPG (2003) This supports Policy NE.1 of the Bath & North East Somerset Local Plan.

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Streetscape Manual SPD (2005) This supplements Policy D.2 of the Bath & North East Somerset Local Plan. It provides a guide to the selection, design, installation and care of the District’s streetscape and its historical preservation.
Sustainable Construction & Retrofitting SPD (2013)

This ‘how to’ guide to Sustainable Construction & Retrofitting. It includes:

  • 9 Sustainable construction principles to help you green any new build project
  • Explanation of how the 5 main house types in the area are built
  • Introduces 24 retrofit options from energy and water efficiency to heating and domestic renewable energy
  • What planning, building control & listed building permissions you may need Local case studies and diagrams, photographs and sketches

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Twerton High Street: A Historical Survey (2003) Written by Mike Chapman.

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Walcot Street Works (1997) This was saved as SPG to supplement the Bath & North East Somerset Local Plan.
West of England Sustainable Drainage Developer Guide (March 2015) This was ratified by the Planning, Homes and Communities Board on 20th March 2015 for use for Development Management Purposes, and supports the delivery of SuDS across the sub-region. It is supported by the emerging B&NES Placemaking Plan SU.1.

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