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West of England

West of England - Building our future

The four West of England Councils – Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol City, North Somerset, and South Gloucestershire – are working together to produce a West of England Joint Spatial Plan (JSP) and Joint Transport Study (JTS), which will set out how we will support sustainable growth to help the region meet its housing and transport needs for the next 20 years, to 2036.

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The JSP was submitted to the Secretary of State in April this year (2018) for examination.

Since its submission, two Independent Planning Inspectors were appointed by the Minister to conduct the examination, to determine whether the Plan complies with existing laws and regulations and that it meets the regional growth needs.

Further details on the Joint Spatial Plan can be found on the Joint Planning website

What happens next

As part of the development and assessment of the West of England Joint Spatial Plan (JSP), further information is being published for public comment before being passed to the Independent Planning Inspectors who are undertaking the Examination in Public (EiP).

Full details of the consultation can be found at

The additional evidence is published from Monday 12 November and will be open for submissions to be made until Monday 7 January, 2019. The Updated Habitats Regulations Assessment will be available from Monday 26 November.

Once this process is complete, these documents and stakeholder feedback received will be provided to the Independent Planning Inspectors to consider, as they prepare for the next phase of their assessment of the JSP.

Buckover Garden Village

In July 2016 the council submitted an expression of interest to the government’s Locally Led Garden Village Initiative. In January the council received notification of the government’s response. We are continuing to consider the concept of Buckover Garden Village within the Joint Spatial Plan.

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