Public consultation

We are consulting on the decision to bring into force a direction made under Article 4(1) of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 2015, to introduce some restrictions on the rights of homeowners to convert existing housing into Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) covering two areas. These are in the Stoke Park and Cheswick ward, and to the east of Southmead Road and Gloucestershire Road North in the Filton ward.

Find out more and have your say on our consultation page. You can also email your comments to The consultation closes on 21 October 2022.

Spatial Development Strategy update

Following the decision of the WECA Mayor to stop all work on the West of England Combined Authority Spatial Development Strategy, the Local Plans for Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire will now provide the strategic planning framework for the West of England Combined Authority area.

The issue of housing need will now be addressed through individual Local Plans for each of the Local Councils. The Councils will continue their longstanding history of joint working and cooperate with each other and with other key bodies on strategic, cross boundary matters as they prepare their Local Plans.

The evidence base prepared so far to inform the Spatial Development Strategy will be published on the WECA website and will be reviewed and used as appropriate to inform the Councils’ Local Plans.

We are developing a new Local Plan for South Gloucestershire. This will include a new strategy and policies to guide and manage growth and change in our area over at least the next 15 years.

This is an important opportunity to:

  • shape the places that we live, work and socialise in
  • have a direct impact on quality of life, the natural and built environment
  • have positive impacts on climate change, inequalities and encourage a green economy
  • discuss choices and make decisions about where future homes and jobs might be located, and which areas should be protected

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New Local Plan Phase 1 - Issues and Approaches

Consultation now closed.

The Phase 1 consultation ran from 27 November 2020 to 1 March 2021. You can access the document and information produced to support the Phase 1 document below.

New Local Plan Phase 2 - Urban, Rural and Key Issues

Consultation now closed.

The Phase 2 consultation ran from 7 February 2022 to 4 April 2022. You can access the document and information produced to support the Phase 2 document below.

Evidence base and Call for Sites

Our Local Plan evidence base includes documents related to the new Local Plan, including recent and forthcoming new evidence and background information supporting the Phase 2 consultation. 

Further updates and evidence will be added to this page to support production of the new Local Plan.

New and updated Call for Sites information and submissions are being accepted whilst the Phase 2 consultation is open. These however should be submitted on a Call for Sites form and include a clear map, along with any supporting information. 

Visit our Call for Sites consultation page to access the Call for Sites form, find out how this will inform the New Local Plan and to view all Call for Sites received to date on our online map.

New Local Plan timeline

A detailed timeline for preparing our new Local Plan is set out in the Local Plan Delivery Programme (LPDP). This may be subject to change based on any changes to the National Planning System.


July to October 2020: Call for Sites invited

November 2020 to March 2021: Public consultation Phase 1 on issues and approaches, new approaches for urban and rural communities, and a draft planning policy to inform preparation of our new Local Plan 2020

February 2022 to April 2022: Public consultation Phase 2 including:
– Urban Lifestyles
– potential site allocations and employment areas in Urban Areas and within Market Towns
– potential approaches to rural growth
– Strategic Green Infrastructure
– Renewable Energy Areas
– draft planning policies for growth, protection, site proposals and place discussions

Future stages of the Local Plan are being planned to progress alongside the Spatial Development Strategy (SDS) and more details will be provided as the SDS reaches criticial milestones.

2024: Adoption of the new Local Plan


Get advice

We offer an advice service for developers and landowners to meet with us to discuss your Local Plan representations. This is available for £290 plus VAT (as of April 2022) and is subject to us considering it is appropriate.

You need to pay in advance using the online payment system. Contact to request this service.

Keep updated

By signing up to our consultations, you can keep up with progress on the Local Plan, consultations and key updates from us. You can also register for updates by emailing

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