Additional planning guidance

Design guides

Residential design guides

We have produced four residential design guides. Parts 1 and 2 have supplementary planning document status, and parts 3 and 4 are guidance notes.

Development orders

Food Enterprise Zone local development order

This order will be adopted for a period of five years from the date of its adoption on 1 May 2018. The order effectively grants outline consent for the erection of buildings within specified use classes within the designated area. Details are available in the below report that was presented to Council on the 10 April 2018.

Heritage and conservation

The 2012 version of the above horse-related development document does not have supplementary planning guidance status, so please use as informal guidance only.

Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Beauty

The Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) partnership have published guidance notes on agricultural building design and dark skies.

Visit the Mendips Hills AONB website for further information.

Village character statements

Village character statements ensure that planned development respects the character of the village. Statements have been prepared for

  • Abbots Leigh
  • Banwell
  • Claverham
  • Cleeve
  • Kingston Seymour
  • Leigh Woods
  • Long Ashton
  • Winford
  • Yatton

Village character statements can be viewed on the relevant town and parish council websites.

North Somerset Council development policy and assessments

Local aggregates assessment for the West of England

The National Planning Policy Framework requires minerals planning authorities to plan for a steady and adequate supply of aggregates by preparing a local aggregates assessment (LAA) each year, based on a rolling average of 10 year sales data and other relevant information.

The LAA for the West of England has been jointly prepared by Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

Statement of community involvement

Coronavirus update – due to the need to prevent the spread of the virus we are not always able to publicise planning applications in the normal way. However, residents can keep informed about new applications by searching the weekly list or by signing up to receive automated email alerts about new applications in their area.

The below statement shows how we plan to involve the community in preparing new planning policies and making decisions on planning applications.

The SCI has been recently revised to take account of legislative changes and changes in working practices. The revised version for 2019 was adopted at Council on 24 September 2019.