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. We  held a  consultation on the Local Plan review

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

Following the result of the referendum on 14 February 2019, the Hengrove and Whitchurch Park Neighbourhood Development Plan can now be used with the Local Plan to decide planning applications in Hengrove and Whitchurch Park. The plan has now been ‘made’ by the council.

Old Market

The Old Market Community Association has been redesignated as the Neighbourhood (Planning) Forum for the Old Market Neighbourhood Planning Area.

Proposed new restrictions on permitted development (Article 4 Directions)

New Article 4 Directions relating to houses in multiple occupation are proposed for Avonmouth Village, North, East and South Bristol.

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.