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Have your say on Bristol’s Future: Consultation on local housing & transport provision

The West of England’s four local authorities have launched a public consultation as part of the Joint Transport Study, which will inform high level strategy and the delivery of major transport schemes throughout the area until 2036.

Bath and North East Somerset Council, Bristol City Council, North Somerset Council and South Gloucestershire Council are preparing the study in parallel with the West of England’s Joint Spatial Plan, which is looking at how to meet the need for housing and employment space up to 2036.

Bus_park_streetThrough extensive consultation, they want to ask people who live, work and travel in the West of England about the key transport issues affecting the area, and what sort of transport solutions we should look at over the next 20 years.

This is the first stage of the process to agree a strategy through to 2036. Local communities and stakeholders will have further opportunities to comment over the coming months.

Joint Spatial Plan & Joint Transport Study – what are they…?

The Joint Spatial Plan (JSP) is a statutory planning document that will set out the number of houses needed and the broad locations for housing, employment, transport and other infrastructure for the next 20 years. The Joint Spatial Plan is strategic, rather than specific, and in the first place will identify broadly a number of the most suitable locations for development.

Download the Joint Spatial Plan: JSP_SUMMARY

The Joint Transport Study will inform high level strategy and the delivery of major transport schemes throughout the area until 2036.

Download the Joint Transport Study: JTS_Newsletter_Summary_final (2)

Bristol Green Capital Partnership supporting consultation – Thursday 21st January

Bristol Green Capital Partnership is pleased to be working with the local authorities, Sustrans and members of the Partnership’s Transport Project Group to support the first stage of the consultation on these plans.

We invite Bristol Green Capital Partnership members, local organisations and communities to join us at The Station on from 3pm on Thursday 21st January 2016 for a consultation event to have your say on Bristol’s future.

Booking is essential – more details here.

Presentations and facilitated workshops will address topics including current issues, for example, environmental challenges, and will seek views on key objectives that will be important in how future transport investment is prioritised.

This event will be followed by the launch of ‘A Good Transport Plan for Bristol at 6pm – hear from local organisations & changemakers who describe their aspirations for Bristol’s sustainable transport future and learn about how you can play your part in the movement.

You can book for both events or just one session – book your place here. 

If you can’t make this event, there are other business consultation events taking place in January 2016 – see the full calendar here,

There are many ways for all citizens to have their say – find full details and links below.

Have your say on the Joint Transport Study

The Joint Transport Study provides you with a chance to tell us how you think transport should be provided in the West of England over the next 20 years. It’s essential that people take the opportunity to have their say on transport issues in our area and your ideas for the future, as it will play such an important part in the success of our area.

This consultation about the first stage in the transport study is open until 29 January 2016 and includes:

  1. An assessment of current issues.
  2. Formulation of objectives.
  3. Developing possible transport solutions.

Comments can be made on anything relating to the Joint Transport Study between Monday 9 November 2015 and 5pm on Friday 29 January 2016.

Visit https://www.jointplanningwofe.org.uk/consult.ti/JTSissues2015/consultationHome and respond in the following ways:

  • Download summary documents & reports
  • Attend a public roadshow or business consultation event
  • Fill in the online questionnaire
  • Get in touch using social media, e-mail or letter

Have your say on the Joint Spatial Plan

The West of England Joint Spatial Plan is a direct response to the real and growing need for new and affordable homes to be Overallbuilt and supported with infrastructure. Estimates indicate that to maintain its current prosperity, the area needs 85,000 new homes by 2036, nearly 30,000 more than the number already planned.

The area’s four local authorities – Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Bath & North East Somerset – have come together to tackle this challenge in a joined-up, strategic way that will deliver the necessary housing and employment alongside improved transport and other infrastructure.

Comments can be made on anything relating to the Joint Spatial Plan between Monday 9 November 2015 and 5pm on Friday 29 January 2016.

Visit https://www.jointplanningwofe.org.uk/consult.ti/JSPIO2015/consultationHome and respond in the following ways:

  • Download summary documents & reports
  • Attend a public roadshow or business consultation event
  • Fill in the online questionnaire
  • Get in touch using social media, e-mail or letter

People can also attend these public events at the following locations and times:

  • Bristol Central Library, College Green, on Wednesday, 13 January, from 12 – 2pm.
  • Whitchurch Village Community Centre, on Thursday, 14 January, from 4 – 6pm

George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol, said: “My ultimate goal is to make Bristol one of the world’s most liveable cities. It is therefore encouraging that we are working as a city region, planning across local authority boundaries to deliver the affordable housing, land for business growth and the necessary transport and community infrastructure we need to create sustainable communities. We need to do this whilst protecting our natural environment both within the city and in the surrounding areas.”

“This consultation is a great opportunity for people from across the West of England to find out more about the possible options and let us know what they think, and I look forward to hearing people’s views. If residents are committed to striking the right balance between quality of life and economic growth, then it is vital to get involved before the close date on Friday, 29 January 2016.”

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