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West of England

West of England Joint Spatial Plan

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 Joint Spatial Plan (JSP) was submitted to the Secretary of State on the 13 April 2018.

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 inspectors’ initial review of the JSP, additional work has been requested to be made public. The additional evidence consultation can be found on the Joint Spatial Plan Technical Evidence Work Consultation, November 2018. Please note that this consultation has now closed.

The four West of England Councils are currently reviewing the comments made from the recent JSP Technical Evidence Work Consultation. These comments along with the Key Issues raised by residents, businesses and communities will be passed to the Inspectors, as they prepare for the next phase of their assessment of the JSP.

The West of England Councils are currently expecting the examination hearing to commence from mid-May. A confirmed date will be provided once the councils have received feedback from the Inspectors.

Full details of the consultation can be found at

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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