Local Plan 2022-2042
A new Local Plan for the B&NES district is being prepared. It is the Local Authority’s mechanism for deciding how the district grows, managing change, delivering places and protecting what we value. Preparation is a long process which involves the public and stakeholders. The process provides us with the opportunity to review and discuss issues facing the City and what we would like to do about them. This is our big chance to secure a stronger more sustainable future for Bath.
Participation in the development of the Plan enables people to influence future policy which will guide planning applications and shape the city. The key areas are:
- Responding to the climate and nature emergencies and create a healthy, more liveable, sustainable and resilient and low carbon city.
- The approach to meeting the need for more affordable homes and jobs.
- Priorities for improving places and quality of life, and enabling more sustainable lifestyles for all.
The issue of housing need and land allocation will be addressed through the Local Plan. The evidence base prepared so far to inform the Spatial Development Strategy will be published on the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) website, and will be used to inform the Local Plan.
The Local Development Scheme is a timetable for the production of the Local Plan, Development Plan Documents and Supplementary Planning Documents that the Council is preparing, or intends to prepare. These documents are known collectively as Local Development Documents (LDDs) and they are the starting point for residents and stakeholders to find out what planning policies relate to their area and how these will be reviewed.
Find out more about future policy here.
In October 2022, B&NES Council announced the new Local Plan, with a public consultation on the Local Plan 2022-2042 Launch Document.
Primary ambitions for the new Local Plan, which would prioritise responding the challenges of the Climate and Ecological Emergencies and facilitating the goal of Net Zero carbon by 2030, protecting and enhancing nature, maximising affordable housing and creating economic opportunities are supported. Including sustaining Bath’s heritage as primary ambitions was suggested
Read our consultation response here.
Read our accompanying press release here.