What's been happening

  • June2022

    Reviewing the responses from the public consultation and surveys
    Amending the Draft Plan

  • May2022

    Consultation on the draft Portishead Neighbourhood Plan ran between 28th March and 8th May 2022.
    Thank you to everyone who responded to the Portishead Neighbourhood Plan surveys. We have received just under 1000 responses which our team will use to help produce an updated draft Plan. The updated Plan will be submitted to North Somerset Council and then to an independent Planning Inspector before being voted on in a local Referendum. We will be in touch to provide further updates.

    Did a final push via social media to request feedback from the community
    Held final face to face event on Saturday 7 May
    Shared social media posts to remind residents to give their view on the consultations before it closes on 8 May
    16 May held a Steering Group Meeting to discuss next steps actions
    Consultation on the draft Portishead Neighbourhood Plan ran between 28th March and 8th May 2022.
    Thank you to everyone who responded to the Portishead Neighbourhood Plan surveys. We have received just under 1000 responses which our team will use to help produce an updated draft Plan.
    The updated Plan will be submitted to North Somerset Council and then to an independent Planning Inspector before being voted on in a local Referendum.

  • April2022

    We will be hosting two sessions for the public to pop in to discuss and find out more about the Neighbourhood Plan
    These will be held at the Folk Hall on Saturday 16th April & 23rd April between 10am & 4pm

    Held face to face events on Saturday 16 April, Wednesday 20 April and Saturday 23 April
    Continued to engage with the community through social media channels to share the NDP vision and objectives and ask them for their feedback
    Continued to share “what people said” so the community could see some of the comments received on the planned policies

  • March2022

    Draft documents of the plan are now available to view and download on this page Click Here> Plan Documents

    · Draft documents of the Plan were available to view at the Folk Hall and Library and to download via our Community Engagement page
    · Engaged the community through social media channels to share the NDP vision and objectives and ask them for their feedback
    · Social Media posts shared to target and direct the community to the 10 subsections of the NDP to share their views
    · Promoted face to face events that were being held in April
    · Reminded the Portishead population to look for the NDP leaflets that were posted to all Portishead residents during April
    · Shared “what people said” so the community could see some of the comments received on the planned policies

  • January2022

    We will be creating a communication plan so that we can share the draft plan with you, once we have it

  • 15th Dec2021

    Our draft Neighbourhood Plan has now been sent to North Somerset Council for Strategic Environmental Assessment screening.

  • 25th Nov
    13th Dec2021

    We shared the Plan’s draft objectives with you via our Facebook page and identified where the draft objectives meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

  • 15th Nov2021

    The Portishead Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group signed off the draft vision, objectives and the draft policies. This was required so that the draft plan can be sent to North Somerset Council to find out if we require a Strategic Environment Assessment (SEA).

  • 1-5th Nov2021

    3 workshops were held to review all the information and data captured for the Neighbourhood Plan to identify any gaps. Outputs from this will help to firm up the objectives and policies for the Plan..

  • October2021

    We shared your responses and comments to the surveys.

  • September2021

    We started to identify trees that we could apply for a Tree Protection Order on, as well as identifying who owns some of the Local Green Spaces and shared our draft Objectives with you via our Facebook page.

  • August2021

    We started pulling together local valued heritage assets, taking photos of view of and from Portishead, updating information on our environment and drafting up the policies for the Portishead Plan.

  • 27th Aug2021

    We shared an online map with you so that you had an opportunity to make comments and pin these to the map

  • 13th Aug2021

    Our online surveys were closed.

  • 4th Aug2021

    An additional survey was added to our website so that we could capture your feedback on how the local bus services could be improved

  • 24/25 July2021

    We attended the Portishead Show to capture your feedback for the Neighbourhood Plan.

  • 7th July2021

    We started analysing the data collected from the online surveys and shared this via our Facebook page, so you could see what others have been saying.

  • 30th June2021

    Members of the Neighbourhood Plan Team out and about asking residents to complete the Commonplace surveys. Paper copies of the surveys are available for those unable to use the online surveys

  • 23rd June2021

    A poster publicising the Neighbourhood Plan Commonplace surveys has been prepared showing a QR code to take participants straight to the surveys. This was being put up on all the noticeboards and in shops and pubs.

  • 23rd June2021

    A meeting was held with North Somerset Council to agree a timetable for submitting the draft Neighbourhood Plan for Strategic Environmental Assessment screening.

  • May2021

    Place Studio hosted four workshops, one general and one for each of Prosperity, Wellbeing and Environment to discuss the proposed outline policies as set out in our first draft Neighbourhood Plan.

  • April2021

    The Centre for Sustainable Energy completed their report on potential Renewable Energy sources for Portishead. Regrettably due to the limited space available in Portishead there is little or no scope at present to install either wind turbines or solar panel arrays within the Portishead designated area.

  • 26th April2021

    Six surveys went live on the Portishead Neighbourhood Plan Commonplace website. These surveys are designed to gather resident’s opinions in the following areas: homes, travel, local employment, community facilities, the environment and the conservation of our heritage.

  • 1st April2021

    The Commonplace map website went live. This contains a short survey and invites participants to place a pin in a map of Portishead which could be a building, park, street etc. and to write a comment either commending or criticising that place. Here, two residents have placed a ‘pin’ on the Lakegrounds.


  • February2021

    The Economy Team has started interviewing local businesses to gather their opinions on the future requirements and aspirations for business owners in Portishead

  • January2021

    AECOM commissioned to undertake a Portishead Housing Needs Analysis. This is funded direct by Locality.

  • January2021

    Questionnaires are being compiled for the impending Commonplace website which will be used to gather evidence from the residents on their wishes for the future needs of Portishead.

  • 13thJan2021

    A contract was signed with Commonplace and a training session for members of the Steering Group held on January 13th 2021.

  • January2021

    Work on gathering evidence about Portishead’s Heritage gathered pace. The Portishead area was divided into 18 different regions and volunteers allocated to each region to gather information about the character of their area, including types of housing, when they were built, street scenes etc.

  • 13thJan2021

    Approval was given by PTC to engage CSE (The Centre for Sustainable Energy) to advise on renewable energy options for the Neighbourhood Plan.

  • January2021

    The Economy Group has prepared a questionnaire for local businesses to provide data on their number, size, location and future requirements.

  • December2020

    Place Studio have supplied a number of excellent detailed Toolkits to assist us in evidence gathering. These explain exactly what information is required for each topic, advise where existing data can be found and provide examples from other published Neighbourhood plans.

  • 12thDec2020

    The Neighbourhood Plan Team were awarded a grant for a Housing Needs Assessment of Portishead to be carried out by AECOM, a consulting firm contracted by Locality to carry out these surveys. This is a comprehensive survey covering 25% of the population. This will be at zero cost to us as the grant is paid directly to AECOM. Locality are the government funded organisation whose job it is to assist and provide grant funding to local councils to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan. For more information see https://neighbourhoodplanning.org/

  • 12thDec2020

    We received approval for a £10,000 grant from Locality to assist in the preparation of our Neighbourhood Plan.

  • 11thNov2020

    On 11th November, The Neighbourhood Plan Team held a full day of online workshops hosted by Place Studio. There were four 1½ hour sessions on Wellbeing, Prosperity, the Environment and Heritage. All Neighbourhood Plan volunteers were invited. The purpose was to kick start the next stage of work to build the evidence base for the Neighbourhood Plan.

  • November2020

    As public meetings were unlikely to be allowed for the foreseeable future due to Covid, the Neighbourhood Plan team investigated the purchase of an online community engagement tool. After seeing presentations from three possible suppliers, we chose Commonplace, which is already being used by many hundreds of councils across the country. For more information, see www.commonplace.is

  • Sep-Oct2020

    Place Studio have organised a series of workshops to assist in the next phase of preparation of the Neighbourhood Plan. The whole Neighbourhood Plan team is invited. The workshops are being held weekly as follows:
    Sept 7th: Plan Structure, Vision and Primary Objectives
    Sept 14th: Wellbeing policies and actions - Housing and Community Infrastructure
    Sept 21st: Prosperity policies and actions - Economy and Transportation
    Sept 28th: Environmental Sustainability - Green Infrastructure, Heritage and Renewable Energy
    Oct 5th: Bringing it together - Group Agreement and Draft Project and Engagement Plan

  • Sept5th2020

    On 5th September, Portishead neighbourhood planning group held an online workshop facilitated by the Centre for Sustainable Energy, looking at the predicted impacts of climate change within the plan period, and looking at how the community could plan for a zero carbon climate adapted future. The resulting ideas have been compiled into a report. FIND OUT MORE
    We are interested to hear your thoughts. What do you think of these ideas? Please provide feedback here.

  • August2020

    As advised by Place Studio, the Portishead Neighbourhood Plan will be now be structured around three headings, namely, Wellbeing (covering Housing, Community assets & facilities), Prosperity and Transportation (covering Economy, Transport & Energy) and Environment (covering Green & Blue Environment, Heritage & Sustainable design & character).

  • June2020

    Place Studio, a planning consultancy based in Bristol were appointed to assist in the preparation of our Neighbourhood Plan. For more information about Place Studio see www.placestudio.com
    A planned workshop run by CSE (Centre for Sustainable Energy) had to be cancelled due to Covid restrictions. A new date of September 5th was set.

  • Apr-Jun2020

    Covid unfortunately prevented much progress within the working groups as each member had to cope with their personal problems in work and at home, and group meetings were difficult to organise until online facilities were readily available to all.

  • April2020

    The decision was made by the Steering Group to engage consultants to provide professional planning expertise. Three local consultancies specialising in Neighbourhood Plans were interviewed.

  • Mar28th2020

    The Steering Group attended an online workshop with the aim of preparing a Neighbourhood Plan project plan.


  • Feb2020

    Survey Feedback issued

    Click Here for the general feedback of the survey

  • Jan16th2020

    Steering Group Meeting

    Monthly Steering Group meeting

  • Jan13th2020

    Survey closed

    The period for responding to the initial survey finished.

  • Dec10th2019

    Meeting for all Neighbourhood Plan volunteers

    The second meeting for all volunteers was held in the Folk Hall. There were 21 attendees.

  • Dec3rd2019

    Initial survey published

    A survey asking residents for their ideas on the future of Portishead was distributed to most households in Portishead and made available online



  • Nov21st2019

    Steering Group Meeting

    Monthly Steering Group meeting

  • Oct24th2019

    Steering Group Meeting

    The first meeting of the Steering Group was held.

  • Oct3rd2019

    Meeting for all volunteers & Councillors

    A meeting was held in the Folk Hall for everyone who had volunteered to help produce the Neighbourhood Plan. There were 24 attendees.

  • Sept18th2019

    Business Meeting

    A meeting was held at the Folk Hall for local businesses to discuss their needs with the Town Councillors.

  • Aug13th2019

    Neighbourhood Plan Area Designation

    An application was made to North Somerset Council for the designation of a Neighbourhood Plan area for Portishead See Boundary Here

  • Jul27-282019

    Portishead Summer Show

    Portishead Town Council hosted a stall at the Portishead Summer Show. Councillors were on hand to answer questions, recruit volunteers to help with preparing the neighbourhood plan and took the opportunity to seek views on important local issues, such as housing, economy, the environment and transport. All their comments are being fed into the preparation of our Neighbourhood Plan.

  • Jul11th2019

    Transport Meeting

    A talk was given by First Bus West at the Folk Hall to local residents and many suggestions for improving the local bus service and tackling the many transport issues facing Portishead were recorded for consideration in the Neighbourhood plan.

  • Jul7th2019

    Portishead Raft Race

    Portishead Town Council hosted a stall at the Portishead Raft Race. Councillors were on hand to answer questions, recruit volunteers to help with preparing the Neighbourhood plan and took the opportunity to seek views on important local issues, such as housing, economy, the environment and transport. All their comments are being fed into the preparation of our Neighbourhood Plan.

  • Jun26th2019

    Wild Portishead

    Local wildlife experts Jonathan Mock and Chris Sperring spoke to a packed Folk Hall about how we can improve and environment and invited ideas from the audience. All these ideas and suggestions were recorded for future consideration in the Neighbourhood Plan

  • Jun-Sept2019

    Recruitment of volunteers to help produce the Neighbourhood Plan

    Leaflets were distributed at every opportunity through the Summer of 2019 asking residents if they wanted to get involved in the preparation of the Portishead Neighbourhood Plan

  • May2nd2019

    Local Election Polling day

    Portishead Independents won overall control of Portishead Town Council with all 12 candidates winning their seats. One of their key election pledges was to establish a community led plan for Portishead