The current status of Neighbourhood Plans being undertaken in Bath and North East Somerset

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: 5th July 2019

1. What is a Neighbourhood Plan?

Click to download the 'My Neighbourhood' planning document.  Please note that this file is 4.8 MB.

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.

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

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2. Neighbourhood Planning: Application Forms

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:

Please submit your application to or by mail to Planning Policy, Planning Services, Bath & North East Somerset Council, Lewis House, Manvers Street, Bath, BA1 1JG.

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3. Neighbourhood Area Designations

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.

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4. Proposed neighbourhood plans

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:

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5. Draft neighbourhood plans

Claverton Neighbourhood Plan - Currently at Examination, the Regulation 16 Consultation ran from 24th May 2019 - 5th July 2019

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6. Review of made neighbourhood plans

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.

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7. Made neighbourhood plans

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.

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8. Neighbourhood Development and Community Right to Build Orders

The following proposals have come forward within Bath and North East Somerset:

Freshford Village Memorial Hall’s Community Right to Build Order is currently in the pre-submission stage

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