The development plan sets out the policies and proposals for the development and use of land in South Gloucestershire. The plan comprises a number of separate documents:

Core Strategy (2013)

The Core Strategy document sets out a vision for future development in South Gloucestershire to 2027. It covers the general location, type and scale of development as well as protecting what is valued about the area.

The Core Strategy was adopted on 11 December 2013.

Earlier Core Strategy documents and representations can be downloaded from our website.

Policies, Sites and Places (PSP) plan (2017)

The Policies, Sites and Places (PSP) plan forms part of the South Gloucestershire Local Plan, together with the Core Strategy and Joint Waste Core Strategy.  All of these documents are used by the council when assessing planning applications.

The PSP plan is in two parts:

  • part one covers policies for managing new development – these policies have been drawn up in accordance with the National Planning Policy Framework and National Planning Practice Guidance
  • part two covers the allocation and protecting of sites and places within South Gloucestershire – this includes details of town centres and site allocations, there are also links to local green spaces and heritage sites at risk

Earlier PSP plan documents and representations can be downloaded from our website.

Joint Waste Core Strategy (2011)

The Joint Waste Core Strategy guides decisions about where waste management facilities should be located within the West of England.

The four West of England unitary authorities (South Gloucestershire, Bristol City, Bath & North East Somerset & North Somerset Councils) adopted the Joint Waste Core Strategy on 25 March 2011.

Policies map

The South Gloucestershire policies map is an interactive map that displays the policies of the development plan. It guides the future use and management of land in South Gloucestershire.

Using the policies map

You can view the interactive map here. It will open in a separate window.

You can search using a range of address details by

  • area, for example Yate
  • street name, for example Badminton Road
  • post code, for example BS37 5AF

A drop down menu will appear with address options. Select the one which you are looking for and the map will automatically zoom and centre on this location.

If you require assistance in accessing or using the interactive map, contact the Strategic Planning Policy and Specialist Advice Team on 01454 866015 or email

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