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.

Local Plan review

We're working on an update to the Bristol Local Plan. The  consultation on the Local Plan review has now closed. There will be another consultation in March 2019. 

West of England Joint Spatial Plan

The West of England Joint Spatial Plan will guide development in Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire until 2036.


The Redcliffe Residents Action Group and Neighbourhood Forum has been designated as the Neighbourhood (Planning) Forum for the Redcliffe Neighbourhood Planning Area.

Hengrove and Whitchurch Park

The independent examination of the Hengrove and Whitchurch Park Neighbourhood Development Plan has ended. The examiner's report and the council’s decision on how to proceed with the plan have been published and a referendum date set.

Old Market

An application has been received to re-designate Old Market Community Association as the Neighbourhood (Planning) Forum for the Old Market Neighbourhood Planning Area.

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.