The decision on whether to allow building on the South Stoke Plateau lies with a government inspector. This decision will be made after a public enquiry, held in public this is called the EIP (Examination In Public)
The current situation is the inspector thinks the council should have taken into account a lack of housing in Bristol. The council and Bristol City Council think this wrong.
A workshop is be held with interested parties, mostly house builder, that want to build more houses. Once that is settled the EIP could continue.
This workshop will only have invited people attending. It seems wrong that one person can make this sort of decision regardless of two democratically elected bodies, Bath and North East and Somerset Council and Bristol City Council.