Planning policy and guidance

Planning policy and guidance

Find out about the policies we use to decide planning applications and how you can have your say on them.

Spatial Development Strategy

The West of England Combined Authority (WECA) are preparing a Spatial Development strategy.

The strategy will make sure homes, employment spaces and transport links are planned in the right places over the next 20 years. Bristol’s local plan will be in line with this strategy.

You can find out more on the WECA website.

Local Plan review

We're working on an update to the Bristol Local Plan. Find more information on the Local Plan review page. 

Purpose-built student accommodation and shared living: Draft Supplementary Planning Document

We’d like your views on our new draft Supplementary Planning Document.

How to get involved in shaping planning policy

How to get involved in shaping planning policy

We have a Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) that explains how:

  • we involve people in preparing Local Plan documents
  • we involve people in planning applications
  • developers should consult with local people when making planning applications

We engage with local residents’ groups when preparing planning policies. Details of local residents’ groups are available on the Neighbourhood Planning Network website.