Planning policy

Consultations and latest news

West of England Joint Spatial Plan consultation

You can comment on an Issues and Options consultation document for the West of England Joint Spatial Plan. The consultation closes on 29 January 2016.

The Local Plan

The Local Plan provides policies that are used to decide planning applications in Bristol. It includes a Core Strategy, Site Allocations and Development Management Policies, Bristol Central Area Plan and other planning documents.

Planning together

Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol City, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire councils are preparing a spatial plan for their combined areas. It will guide the strategic development of these areas up to 2036.

For further details see the West of England Joint Spatial Plan web site.

Neighbourhood planning

Neighbourhood Planning allows community groups who put forward an area and apply to become a neighbourhood planning forum to write their own planning policies for that area. These will be used alongside the Local Plan to decide planning applications.

Planning evidence

The council uses a wide range of information, which is used to compile evidence for preparation of policy documents.

Supplementary planning documents

A collection of documents provides supplementary planning information for developers making planning applications in Bristol.