Preferred Options Consultation – March 2022

A draft Preferred Options Local Plan was agreed by our Executive on Wednesday 2 February 2022. The plan will be published for consultation on Monday 14 March until 5pm on Friday 29 April.

The draft Preferred Options Local Plan is a full draft Plan. It is based on the previous response to consultation, evidence and latest government guidance, as well as the council’s commitment to climate change and environmental issues. It is our recommended way of best meeting the development needs for North Somerset up to 2038.

The easiest way to view and make comments on the Plan is online via our Consultation system.

The Policies Map that accompanies the Plan can be viewed on our website.

Copies of the Plan will also be available in local libraries, including the reception at the Town Hall in Weston-super-Mare.

For any queries about the consultation, please contact

Preferred Options

You can see evidence papers supporting the Preferred Options Local Plan by visiting our Supporting Documents section, which will be updated as the papers become available.

Local Plan consultation events

You can see the Preferred Options Local Plan and talk to councils officers at the following events.

Visit one of the drop-in sessions to talk to officers about how the Local Plan process will shape the future development of North Somerset up to 2038.

  • Monday 14 March 12.30pm to 7pm at Banwell Village Hall
  • Thursday 17 March from 3pm to 7pm at Hangstones Pavilion, Yatton  
  • Thursday 24 March from 3pm to 7pm at Churchill Methodist Church Hall
  • Tuesday 29 March from 3pm to 7pm at St James Church Centre, Winscombe           
  • Friday 1 April from 3pm to 7pm at Tithe Barn, Nailsea
  • Thursday 7 April from 3pm to 7pm at Portishead Library
  • Wednesday 13 April from 4pm to 6pm at The Campus, Weston-super-Mare

Two question and answer sessions are also being held as part of the Local Plan process. Places are limited by the capacity of the hall so early attendance is advised. These sessions will be led by the local councillors.

  • Tuesday 22 March from 7.30pm to 9pm at Backwell Village Hall            
  • Thursday 31 March from 7pm to 9pm at Long Ashton Community Centre

The closing date for comments is 5pm on Friday 29 April.


You can read the report and the draft Preferred Options Local Plan on our executive committee page. A number of changes were incorporated into the plan since the draft that went to Executive Committee. You'll be able to see these by visiting our executive member decisions page.

On 28 April 2021, the council’s executive endorsed a preferred spatial strategy to provide a framework to progress the Plan. This is detailed in the report to the executive committee on the draft plan.