The Local Plan

The Local Plan

Aims and content of the new Local Plan – a 20 year view


BANES will review the Core Strategy, Placemaking Plan and Local Plan Partial Update through the preparation of a new Local Plan. This will establish the planning framework for Bath and North East Somerset up to 2042. It will contain a vision, strategy and policies to guide and manage how the district grows and changes over the next 20 years, and how planning applications for new development are decided.

Regional strategic planning

Because a Local Plan deals with very broad issues, such as housing, travel, business and the environment, there are important areas of policy where local councils need to work together at a regional level.

The Local Plan may be viewed here.


The Two Headed Man junction

At the public drop in session held in Keynsham yesterday (22nd February), more details emerged of the potential development at the Two Headed Man junction.    On the BANES website this is designated as ‘Bath Chapter 5, South of Burnett, adjacent to the A39 (potential development)’.

The area under consideration is the Yellow shaded patch in the image below, this extends from the Two Headed Man junction along the A39 towards Corston, past Corston Fields Farm and on both sides of the A39 and encompasses part of the Duchy estate.

Details are vague at this stage.   Here is a .pdf of the image below for you to download South of Burnett

Follow this link to the BANES local plan page South of Burnett, adjacent to the A39 (potential development)


Local  Plan – Public Consultation opens

This is to inform you about the commencement of the next stage of
consultation on our Local Plan and future development in Bath and North
East Somerset.

The Local Plan Options document, recently approved by the Cabinet on 1st
February, marks a crucial step in shaping the future of our district. We
value your input and invite you to participate in the eight-week
consultation, which will run from 12th February to 8th April.


Options for addressing our future development needs, including the
delivery of new homes and jobs across Bath and North East Somerset, as
well as policies addressing a range of issues including the climate and
ecological emergencies, are presented for your consideration and
comment. These options align with the council’s Corporate Strategy and
Economic Strategy, aiming for a fairer, more prosperous, and sustainable

Residents and stakeholders are encouraged to share their thoughts on the
proposed options by responding to an interactive version of the Local
Plan online at [1], as well
as taking part in a series of in-person events.

Representations can be made through the Council website or by post to
Planning Policy, Bath and North East Somerset Council, Lewis House,
Bath, BA1 1JG. Please note that we will not be accepting representations
sent by email.

Find out more

Videos on the council website will give step-by-step guidance on ‘How to
Comment on the Local Plan’ and explain ‘What is a Local Plan’ as well as
outlining how the various options would help to deliver the council’s
priorities on housing, the climate emergency and sustainable transport.
A second set of videos discuss specific locations identified in the
Options report, as alternatives or options for potential development.

A series of drop-in sessions where people can discuss the options with
council officers have been arranged at the following locations:

* Keynsham Community Space, 22 February
* Trinity Church, Radstock, 26 February
* Saltford Hall, 29 February
* The Hive, Peasedown St John, 1 March
* Bath Cricket Club, 4 March
* Whitchurch United Reform Church, 6 March
* Farrington Gurney Village Hall, 13 March.

All the drop-in events run from 3pm to 7pm.

Printed copies of the plan are available at Bath Central Library;
Keynsham Library; Midsomer Norton Library; Bath Housing, Welfare and
Advice Services and community libraries.

Consultation dates

The consultation opens today (12 February) and runs for eight weeks
until 8 April. You are encouraged to respond online on the council
website: [1]

Next steps

Following the consultation, the issues raised in all comments and
feedback will be carefully considered, and a Draft Local Plan will be
produced, which will be subject to further consultation. The Draft Local
Plan and comments received on it will then be submitted to the Secretary
of State and examined by an independent planning inspector in 2025. If
approved, it will be adopted by the council.

For more information about the development of the new Local Plan please
visit the council’s website [2].

We appreciate your engagement in this important process and look forward
to receiving your valuable input.

Richard Daone

Deputy Head of Planning (Policy)