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've started working on an update to the Bristol Local Plan. A consultation on the Local Plan review will start on 19 February 2018.

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.

Hengrove and Whitchurch Park

Designations have now been made to establish the Hengrove and Whitchurch Park Neighbourhood (Planning) Area and  the Hengrove and Whitchurch Park Neighbourhood Planning Forum.

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.