Planning policy and guidance

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

Bristol Temple Quarter Spatial Framework

The Spatial Framework for the Bristol Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone was adopted by Bristol City Council in October 2016.

You can find out more about the Framework and read the document on the Bristol Temple Quarter website.

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.

Lawrence Weston Neighbourhood Plan

At the Full Council meeting of 14 March 2017, Bristol City Council resolved to ‘make’ the Lawrence Weston Neighbourhood Development Plan. The neighbourhood development plan will now be used with the Local Plan to decide planning applications in Lawrence Weston.

Lockleaze Neighbourhood Planning Area

A decision has been made on the application to re-designate the Lockleaze Voice Neighbourhood Development Forum as the Neighbourhood Planning Forum for the Lockleaze Neighbourhood Planning Area.

West of England Joint Spatial Plan consultation

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

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.