Neighbourhood planning: Lawrence Weston

Neighbourhood planning: Lawrence Weston

Information on the Lawrence Weston Neighbourhood Development Plan.

Lawrence Weston became a designated neighbourhood planning area on 31 January 2013.

You can look at a map of the Lawrence Weston neighbourhood planning area.

Lawrence Weston Neighbourhood Planning Forum became the designated forum for this area on 1 May 2013.

The Lawrence Weston Neighbourhood Development Plan is now part of the development plan for Bristol and is being used with the Bristol Local Plan to decide planning applications in Lawrence Weston.

Re-designation of Forum

An application (pdf, 2.9MB) (opens new window) was received on 9 February 2018 to re-designate the Lawrence Weston Neighbourhood Planning Group as the Neighbourhood (Planning) Forum for the area.

The Forum was re-designated on 21 May 2018.

The application was determined in accordance with the relevant requirements of the Localism Act 2011 and the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as amended) (pdf, 196k) (opens new window) . Further details on the designation process can be downloaded below.

Neighbourhood Plan ‘made’

At the Full Council meeting of 14 March 2017, following a positive referendum result, Bristol City Council resolved to ‘make’ the Lawrence Weston Neighbourhood Development Plan.

See our decision statement (pdf, 418k) (opens new window)  for information.

Copies of the decision statement and the neighbourhood development plan are also available to inspect at:

City Hall, College Green, Bristol BS1 5TR
(Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)

The neighbourhood development plan will now be used with the Local Plan to decide planning applications in Lawrence Weston. The plan and supporting documents can be viewed below:

To get involved in the forum contact Mark Pepper (Chair) at mark@ambition-lw.org.uk

Results of the Lawrence Weston Referendum

We held a referendum on 23 February 2017 to decide if the The Lawrence Weston Neighbourhood Development Plan (pdf, 4.5MB) (opens new window) should be used to decide planning applications.

More people voted 'yes' than ‘no’ in this referendum.

You can view the declaration of result of poll on the Lawrence Weston Neighbourhood Planning Referendum page.

Decision to proceed to referendum

Lawrence Weston Neighbourhood Planning Forum formally submitted their neighbourhood development plan in March 2016. 

The submission documents are set out below together with the subsequent representations made.

Graham Self, an independent examiner, carried out an examination of the plan (pdf, 378k) (opens new window) .

He recommended that the plan should be modified and that there should be a referendum on the modified plan.

On 19 December 2016 we determined that a modified Lawrence Weston neighbourhood development plan (opens new window)met the requirements for a neighbourhood development plan and could proceed to referendum.

Neighbourhood Development Plan submission documents:

Representations received on submitted Neighbourhood Development Plan