Policies, Sites and Places (PSP) Plan - Proposed Submission publication

This page relates to the 2015 version of the PSP Plan. Click here for the June 2016 version: www.southglos.gov.uk/PSPpublication.


Representations made in respect of the Summer 2015 consultation are now available to view.

All representations have been considered when drafting the June 2016 version on the  PSP Plan (www.southglos.gov.uk/PSPpublication). Those representations made in relation to elements of the plan which are no longer included will be taken into consideration when preparing the new South Gloucestershire Local Plan, where relevant. The main issues arising from the Summer 2015 representations are reported in the Report of Engagement and Main Issues statement, available here: www.southglos.gov.uk/PSPpublication, published in support of the June 2016 Proposed Submission Version of the PSP Plan. As the entire PSP Plan is being consulted upon again representations should be made to that version of the plan, as representations made in Summer 2015 have been treated as if they were made under Regulation 18, and will not automatically be provided to the Inspector.



Please note, the appropriate steps (referred to in the errata note below) have been taken and the updated document (linked above) now includes all representations received.


Errata note December 2015

Following a review/inventory of representations received, an issue has been highlighted with the way the report of representations (linked above) has been compiled. Due to an administrative error, there are a number of responses which do not currently appear in the report.  

Once the appropriate steps have been taken, we will run the report again to include all representations received, and upload this revised version of the report as soon as possible in the New Year. This amended report will include the reps you submitted and also those submitted by others whose representations are currently not included within the report.

Please accept our assurances that all representations made in the summer are being considered as part of bringing forward the PSP Plan.





For the latest update on the Policies, Sites and Places Plan, please visit www.southglos.gov.uk/policiessitesandplaces.





South Gloucestershire Local Plan: Policies, Sites and Places Plan 

Proposed Submission Plan - Public Consultation (Summer 2015)
(in accordance with Regulations 19, 20 and 35 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012)

The Policies, Sites and Places Plan (PSP Plan) is the final document in completing the up to date Local Plan for South Gloucestershire.

The Council has published the proposed submission version of the PSP Plan for a period of statutory, formal consultation, with representations invited for a 6 week period from 22 May 2015 until close of business on 3 July 2015 (see details on how to respond below).

In addition to the PSP Plan, a document setting out the Changes to the Policies Map and a summary of the key issues raised through engagement (the Main Issues Statement) have also been published.

The PSP Plan has also been subject to a Sustainability Appraisal and supporting Habitat Regulations Assessment.

A number of other documents have been prepared to support the Plan have also been published. See below for further details.



Proposed submission documents

Paper copies of these documents are available to view from 8.45am - 5pm Mondays to Wednesdays and 8.45am - 4.30pm Thursdays and Fridays, at the Council’s One-Stop Shops:

  • Thornbury Library, St Mary Street, Thornbury, BS35 2AA
  • Yate, Kennedy Way, BS37 4DQ (access via West Walk)
  • Kingswood Civic Centre, High Street, Kingswood, BS15 9TR
  • Patchway Hub, Rodway Road, Patchway, BS34 5PE

Paper copies of these documents are also available to view at South Gloucestershire Libraries (please refer to www.southglos.gov.uk/libraries for locations and opening times)

Background Evidence and Supporting Documents

Technical Advice Notes


Responding to the Consultation

Representations are invited on the Plan and the supporting Sustainability Appraisal for a 6 week period from 22 May 2015 until close of business on 3 July 2015.

The Council is also seeking comments on the Heritage Technical Advice Note and Amenity and Living Conditions Technical Advice Note between 22nd May 2015 until close of business on 3 July 2015.

These representations should focus on whether the Plan has been prepared in accordance with legal requirements and whether it is ‘sound’.  

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) sets out the 4 Tests of Soundness against which the PSP Plan (a development plan document) will be assessed by the Planning Inspectorate. A sound document will be:

  1. Positively prepared – the plan should be prepared based on a strategy which seeks to meet objectively assessed development and infrastructure requirements, including unmet requirements from neighbouring authorities where it is reasonable to do so and consistent with achieving sustainable development;
  2. Justified – the plan should be the most appropriate strategy, when considered against the reasonable alternatives, based on proportionate evidence;
  3. Effective – the plan should be deliverable over its period and based on effective joint working on cross-boundary strategic priorities; and
  4. Consistent with national policy – the plan should enable the delivery of sustainable development in accordance with the policies in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).


How to make representations
The Council's preference is that representations be made online, using the Council’s internet based consultation system (link above). 

If this is not possible, responses should be sent, using the response form provided, to the following:

  • By e-mail: PlanningLDF@southglos.gov.uk
  • By post: Strategic Planning Policy and Specialist Advice Team, South Gloucestershire Council, Environment and Community Services Department, PO Box 299, Civic Centre, High Street, Kingswood, Bristol, BS15 0DR.

The representation form (and guidance note) and statement of representations procedure are available for download.

Please note that representations made at this stage will be sent to the Planning Inspector and will be made public.


Local Green Spaces (LGS) Designation

The list of nominated Local Green Spaces (to appear in Appendix 2 of the Plan) will shortly be subject to further informal consultation. Formal consultation, in line with Regulation 19 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012, on the final list of LGS will be conducted later in the year.


Next steps

Once all representations have been received, the Council will submit its proposed submission version of the Plan, changes to the Policies Map, the Sustainability Appraisal and a summary of the main issues raised as part of the consultation, for examination by the Secretary of State, in accordance with Regulation 22 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012.


Data protection

The information collected as part this consultation will also be used by the Council in accordance with the data protection principles in the Data Protection Act 1998. The purposes for collecting this data are: to assist in plan making; and to contact you, if necessary, regarding the planning consultation process. Some of the data may be made public as it will form part of the evidence base used to inform the creation of planning policy documents. The above purposes may require public disclosure of any data received on the response form, in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000.



If you would like any further information, please contact the Strategic Planning Policy Team at PlanningLDF@southglos.gov.uk and on 01454863469.












This consultation has now closed and our consultation report is now available.


  • Opened
    22 May 2015 at 16:00
  • Closed
    3 Jul 2015 at 23:59
  • Response Published
    22 Jun 2016

Consultation Documents


Consultation Topic
  • Planning policy & strategy
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For example, education issues may be of particular interest to Parents & Guardians, and so will be shown to people searching the system for parenting issues, but the views of others (eg: Business, Faith Groups) are also relevant.