North Somerset Council Call for Sites – an opportunity for landowners


A ‘Call for Sites’ consultation has just been launched by North Somerset Council and will run until the 12th October 2020. This is a great opportunity for landowners, groups of individuals, developers and agents to submit sites to North Somerset Council for potential allocation in the new Local Plan.

All submitted sites will be considered for their development potential and how they might contribute to the plan’s overarching objectives. The key aims are:

  • Identify any available land that may be suitable for future development
  • Distribute this land as needed for new homes, jobs, infrastructure, services and facilities

This Call for Sites consultation presents a significant opportunity to put your land forward for development.  If you eventually secure a local plan site allocation the future planning applications will be much more straightforward, with the principle of development accepted.

What makes a good Call for Sites submission?

For the Council to be able to make a fair assessment on the suitability of a new site, or to receive updated information on an existing site, they require a Call for Sites form to be submitted.  This should include, but is not limited to:

  • Land ownership details;
  • Site details;
  • Site location plan;
  • Potential uses and capacity;
  • Site suitability issues and mitigation;
  • Site availability issues;
  • Site deliverability issues;
  • Confirmation of whether the site has been submitted previously

Careful and comprehensive preparation is crucial to ensure your submission clearly presents the suitability of your site for development and how any issues can be mitigated in the future. The team at Plainview Planning are very experienced, not only in assessing the suitability of a site for development, but also in preparing robust and persuasive submissions that showcase the development potential of your site in its best light. We can also help you prepare the necessary supporting information, from assisting with your application form, provision of Location Plans, through to helping you to identify key constraints and strategies to overcome potential planning issues.  We also have a network of third party consultants that we work with to provide you with necessary reports for Flood Risk, Contamination, Topography, Heritage etc, should your site require this.

Furthermore, our team regularly help landowners promote land as potential strategic development sites and we offer a variety of services and packages, from consultancy services to fully funded solutions via our sister company, Context Land.

Examples of further ways in which we add value to land enquiries and Call for Sites submissions include:

  • Site analysis to see if your land meets the necessary requirements;
  • Bespoke GIS mapping systems to highlight the opportunities and constraints of a site (see our image above)
  • Assessing the site’s credentials against local and national policy;
  • Coordinating your promotion efforts to help you present your site in the most effective manner possible.

The deadline for submissions is 12th October 2020.  Don’t miss your chance to have your say! If you feel you have a site suitable for housing or employment use and want to understand more about its development potential, then get in touch today. Contact James Dorey ( or call us on 01242 501003 to see how we can best assist you. Please provide the site address and a brief overview of your aims. You can also submit your site via our Landmark Page. We value your privacy and any information which you provide will not be shared outside of our company and will only be used in relation to your enquiry.

INFORMATION SOURCES: North Somerset Council Local Plan 2038 – Call for Sites

IMAGE SOURCE: Plainview Planning (2020)