Planning policy guidance
Article 4 Directions
Public consultation on Proposed Controls on Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) conversions is now closed.
We are consulting on proposals 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.
By introducing an Article 4 Directive (A4D), the council has power to remove the right of property owners (called permitted development rights) to convert their properties to a ‘House in Multiple Occupation (HMO)’ for up to 6 rooms for rent, also known as a ‘small HMO’, without needing to apply for planning permission.
We would like your views on the “Consultation on Proposed Controls on HMO Conversions in Filton and Stoke Park & Cheswick” which is available on our consultation page.
If you do not receive email confirmation when registering on our consultation system for the first time, check your spam or junk folders for the message. You can also email your comments to email@example.com.
The consultation proposals ran from 7 February 2022 to 4 April 2022.
Supplementary planning documents
Supplementary planning documents (SPD) provide more guidance on Local Plan policies. The following SPDs have been adopted or approved for adoption.
Design and Landscape
- Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) SPD (adopted October 2021)
- Annexes and Outbuildings SPD (adopted October 2021)
- Self-build and Custom Housebuilding SPD (adopted April 2021)
- Green Infrastructure SPD (adopted April 2021)
- Trees and development sites SPD (adopted April 2021)
- Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) SPD (adopted April 2021)
- Householder Design Guidance SPD (adopted March 2021)
- Barn Conversion Design Guidance SPD (adopted March 2021)
- Revised Landscape Character Assessment SPD (adopted November 2014)
- Residential Parking Standards SPD (adopted December 2013)
- Shopfronts and Advertisements design guidance SPD (adopted April 2012)
- Local list of buildings SPD (adopted March 2008)
- Design checklist SPD (adopted August 2007)
- Development in the green belt SPD (adopted May 2007)
- CIL and S106 SPD (adopted March 2021)
- Waste Collection: guidance for new developments SPD (adopted March 2020)
- Renewables SPD (adopted November 2014)
- Telecommunications network infrastructure SPD (adopted August 2005)
- East of Harry Stoke New Neighbourhood Development Framework SPD (adopted May 2016)
- Cribbs/Patchway New Neighbourhood Development Framework SPD (adopted March 2014)
- Emersons Green East development brief SPD (adopted October 2006)
- Affordable Housing and ExtraCare just to leHousing SPD (adopted April 2021)
The programme for new documents is set out in the local development scheme and consultation drafts may be available to view.
Supplementary planning guidance (SPG)
A list of SPGs that have been adopted by the council is set out in appendix 4 of the local development scheme 2007-2009. Due to their age most SPGs are only available in hard copy , please contact us for further information.
Technical advice notes (TANs)
The following Technical Advice Notes have been published to support the determination of planning application:
The council has adopted the Golden Valley Mill, Bitton concept statement.
Other planning guidance
- West of England planning toolkit
- West of England technical guidance: Councillor Involvement in large scale and complex planning applications
The four West of England authorities and the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) have jointly published this toolkit to promote a more positive and consistent approach to handling large scale and complex development proposals – one where the authorities, developers and stakeholders work together to deliver high quality planning applications and effective decision taking. It has been produced because a streamlined and collaborative planning system is key to securing the investment needed to protect and enhance the environment and enable sustainable economic growth
A guide to the design of informal home zones in new development
The West of England’s Planning, Housing and Communities Board has ratified the following guide:
The council has endorsed the Patchway Town Centre Vision:
Guidance on planning and noise
- Specific Guidance Note 1 – Planning and Noise (adopted March 2015)