The 1997 Adopted Local Plan is replaced by the Local Development Framework documents. The Core Strategy is now the main policy document used to determine planning applications in Bristol. The Site Allocations Development Plan Document will replace the Local Plan Map. A few policies in the 1997 plan are still current.
1997 Adopted Local Plan Saved Policies
In 1997, policies in the Adopted Local Plan were reviewed and most were saved for future use.
(8 policies were not saved.)
2003 Proposed Alterations to the Local Plan
In 2003, the council published Proposed Alterations to the Bristol Local Plan.
The proposed alterations are a material consideration when determining planning applications but generally carry less weight than policies in the Adopted Local Plan.
Bristol City Council is producing a new suite of planning documents to guide development decisions in the city over a 20-year period. Together these documents make up the Bristol Development Framework (BDF), which will gradually replace the Local Plan.
The Core Strategy sets out the council's strategic approach to shaping the future of the city.
It is the key overarching policy document within the Bristol Development Framework, and all other policy documents will need to have regard to and be in conformity with it.
A series of Supplementary Planning Documents (SPD) and Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) have been produced to provide greater detail on policies within the Local Plan and support decisions on planning applications. These continue to be part of the policy guidance under the Local Development Framework, though individual SPDs will be superseded by updated documents eg the Central Area Action Plan will override the St Pauls Neighbourhood Plan SPD
Planning Policy Guidance Notes (PPGs) and their replacements Planning Policy Statements (PPSs) are prepared by the government after public consultation to explain statutory provisions and provide guidance to local authorities and others on planning policy and the operation of the planning system.
They also explain the relationship between planning policies and other policies which have an important bearing on issues of development and land use.
Local authorities must take their contents into account in preparing their development plans.
The guidance may also be relevant to decisions on individual planning applications and appeals.