Following North Somerset Council’s withdrawal from the West of England Joint Spatial Plan (JSP) earlier this year, work is now about to commence on a new Local Development Scheme which will inform the new North Somerset Local Plan to cover the period 2023-2038.

The council had been working with neighboring authorities, including Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol City and South Gloucestershire. However following an examination of the draft JSP by the Planning Inspectorate the council has been advised to have a re-think. The inspectors advice was to return to the plan making process to provide more specific sites for new development, as opposed to the “broad location” approach taken by the draft JSP.

North Somerset Council has now set out a timetable for preparation of the new Local Plan, which will update and replace the existing Local Plan documents. This will include the allocation of new sites for housing, employment and other uses with an “Issues and Options” consultation scheduled to take place from May-June 2020.

Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Development Land & Planning department are currently advising clients with land holdings in North Somerset with a view to promoting them through the Local Plan process which is about to get underway.

Therefore if you are a landowner in the North Somerset area and would like to investigate whether your land would be suitable for development why not contact the Greenslade Taylor Hunt team?

The multi-disciplinary partnership has a dedicated Development Land & Planning department with chartered surveyors and town planners who deal with planning and development work throughout the South West of England.

They can provide you with all the necessary advice and expertise regarding your particular land. For further details please contact Tim Smith MRICS, Mark Chugg MRICS or Russell Williams on (01823) 334466.