Local Plan review

Information on our review of the Local Plan and how to take part.

We have begun work on an update to the Bristol Local Plan.  

Local Plan review consultation

A consultation on the Local Plan review has now started and will run until 13 April 2018.

The new Local Plan will set out how Bristol will develop over the next twenty years. It will help deliver the new homes and jobs we need and safeguard the environmental assets we value. We are seeking your views on ways the current Bristol Local Plan could be changed to achieve this.

Local Plan review consultation document (pdf, 5.4MB) (opens new window)

How to respond

The Local Plan review consultation document can be viewed at the link above and in local libraries.

We welcome your comments on any of the proposals set out in this consultation. Please let us know which proposal you are commenting on by quoting the reference number (e.g. Proposal CDS 1)

Your name (or name of your organisation) and comments may be made publicly available. Please see the privacy notice below.

Comments should be submitted by 13 April 2018.

Please email or write to us at:

E-mail:    blp@bristol.gov.uk


Strategic City Planning Team
Bristol City Council
City Hall
PO Box 3176
Bristol, BS3 9FS

Next steps

The Local Plan review will go through a number of stages of preparation, as set out below.

There will be further community engagement and consultation in October 2018. After that the council will agree a publication version which will be made available for formal representations.

After the publication stage, the plan will be submitted for examination and will begin the process by which it may be formally adopted by the council.

Community involvement and consultation 

February to April 2018

October to December 2018

Publication March 2019
Submit for examination September 2019
Examination hearings January 2020
New Local Plan adopted  July 2020

Call for Sites 

Developers, landowners, businesses, and other organisations are invited to tell us about potential sites for housing and/or economic development within Bristol City Council area.  

For each site please complete a separate form and provide a map.

Download the form and guidance (word doc, 85k) (opens new window) .(opens ne

Identifying a potential site does not guarantee that the Council will allocate it or support its development in the future. Sites will be assessed through the Local Plan process which will include public consultation.

Completed forms and maps should be sent to: blp@bristol.gov.uk 

Sustainability Appraisal

The Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report (pdf, 1.8MB) (opens new window)  (opens new window)outlines the scope of the update to the Bristol Local Plan.

Privacy notice

Bristol City Council is the data controller for the purposes of the Data Protection Act 1998 and other regulations including the General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/679).  To provide this service, we will process your comment, name, email address and address. We are collecting this data because it is in the public interest to process this. Your name and comment may be made public as it will form part of the evidence base used to inform the creation of planning policy documents.  The above purposes may require disclosure of any data received in accordance with the Freedom of information Act 2000. We will use this information to assist in plan making and to contact you regarding the planning consultation process.

We will hold this information for 5 years and we will contact you to see if you wish to be contacted as part of other planning consultations before this period expires.

For more information relating to the contact details of the data controller and your rights relating to processing, you can read our full Privacy Statement.