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The four West of England Councils are working together to produce a West of England Joint Spatial Plan (JSP) and Joint Transport Study (JTS)

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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Last autumn residents, businesses, the development sector and other stakeholders responded to draft proposals for delivering new homes, land for employment and infrastructure. This was a second stage of consultation in the draft plan making process for the JSP and follows on from the consultation on objectives and concepts undertaken between November 2015 and January 2016.

Over 1,500 responses were received on the emerging spatial strategy (JSP consultation). Key feedback included:

  • agreement with proposed level of housing provision
  • acknowledgement of the need to build more affordable housing
  • emerging spatial plan needs to strengthen provisions to address economic and employment needs with a focus on the local employment offer
  • comments around the required transport infrastructure to enable development in the strategic development locations
  • mixed views around review of future development on green belt land
  • local concern about strategic development locations

There were 874 responses to the JTS consultation, with feedback including:

  • significant support for rail improvements, bus network improvements, area packages and cycling improvements
  • local residents would support a more ambitious Transport Vision
  • lower support for new roads compared to other transport elements in the Transport Vision, although there is stronger support for road improvements
  • overall support for the concept of light rail, specifically to improve sustainable travel between the East Fringe and Bristol City Centre
  • Relatively high support for financial incentives and financial demand management (road charging)

The complete JSP and JTS consultation report can be read here

What happens next

Over the next few months, the four councils will consider the consultation responses and, as appropriate, revise proposals to allow us to meet the predicted demand for new housing and jobs over the next 20 years. They will also review the potential schemes that will tackle existing issues on roads and other infrastructure to help meet the increased demands that will come with growth in population and economic activity.

In summer 2017 we aim to publish an updated draft proposal for a further round of consultation in the autumn ahead of submitting a final draft JSP to government for approval at the end of 2017.

Feedback from consultation on the JTS Transport Vision will also be evaluated and used to inform updated recommendations, which will be published in summer 2017. All four councils will then consider these recommendations for inclusion in an update to the Joint Local Transport Plan for further public consultation by the end of 2017.

For more information please visit the Joint Planning website

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 having undertaken public consultation during November and December last year and are currently reviewing the comments made ahead of publishing the next stage of the JSP later this year.

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