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Read about the recent changes to the way we manage planning applications.

Local plan – call for sites

When producing a local plan a call for potential sites and broad locations for development can be made.

The call for sites process provides one source of identifying potential development land to address the identified need for a range of uses. Sites can be submitted by landowners, local communities, agents and developers for the council to consider. Uses including residential (including self-build housing), employment, retail, Gypsy and Traveller sites and community uses can be submitted.

For a site to be considered by the council it must be submitted with a clear site plan showing the boundary of the site and be accompanied by a completed and up to date response form.

Please note: The submission of a site and its display on the online map or call for sites register does not mean that the council in any way supports the development of the site.

Map of submitted sites

Sites submitted to date will be available to view on the online map of sites.

Please note that the map sets out whether a site is supported by an up to date response form. Up to date means a response form has been submitted since February 2016.

If the online map sets out that a site you previously submitted has no up to date response form, you should complete and submit a response form to tell us the site is still available and achievable.

It is important that we have the most up to date information on the site as this will be used to assess the suitability, availability and achievability when we consider whether it would be appropriate to take the site forward as a potential plan allocation.

Assessment of submitted call for sites

Land submitted for development through the call for sites, with a clear map and up to date response form, will be assessed through the Housing and Employment Land Availability Assessment (HELAA). The assessment will consider the new South Gloucestershire Local Plan spatial strategy objectives. As part of undertaking this it is increasingly important for the council to understand the deliverability of sites. The council has published a draft HELAA methodology which is available to view.

Other land uses such as Gypsy and Travellers and community uses, can also be submitted through the Call for Sites process. The council will assess these sites separately from the HELAA process.

Submit a new site or update a submitted site

The council is invited comments on the new South Gloucestershire Local Plan Consultation Document between 5 February – 30 April 2018. Details of this consultation can be found at:

Alongside this consultation a ‘call for sites’ was undertaken. This was an opportunity to:

  • Submit new sites for consideration; and
  • Review the information on existing sites and let us know if it requires updating.

For a site to be considered by the council it must be submitted with a clear map showing the boundary of the site and be accompanied by a completed response form.

Respondents could submit information on a new or existing site by:

  1. Using the response form (this was available for download)
    • If updating the response form/information on a previously submitted site please quote the relevant site reference number(s) from the online map (link above) in the response form.
  2. Attaching a clear site location plan that shows the extent of the site boundary.
    • For new sites a site plan is a requirement
    • For previously submitted sites, the boundary shown on the online map will be utilised unless a revised site plan is submitted.

Completed forms and site location plans were emailed to:

All responses received are now being processed.

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 is: 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.

To view the full privacy statement please visit –

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