What is the Neighbourhood Plan?
When formally adopted the Neighbourhood Plan will become a statutory document against which planning applications can be assessed. It takes account of all North Somerset Council’s (NSC) Core Strategies (Green Belt, Environmental Protection, Climate Change etc.), but adds our own local policies and community actions. The Plan runs till 2026, but will be updated when NSC makes a new strategic Local Plan 2038. Download the Executive Summary here.
The vision is to create and maintain a distinctive, stable and sustainable neighbourhood which meets local needs and promotes strong communities. The Plan covers the area from Beggar Bush Lane at Leigh Woods down through Abbots Leigh, Ham Green and Pill to Easton-In-Gordano and to the Severn Estuary. Royal Portbury Dock is within the Plan area but has its own planning and development rules.
COVID-19 has meant the public consultation period has been extended to 12 September when wider public engagement will have been possible. It will then be amended in the light of comments, and submitted to North Somerset Council and then to a Planning Inspector for examination and decision before being subject to a final local referendum.
Further information can be found on the Neighbourhood Plan website.