Your chance to shape plans for future homes, jobs & transport in our region
8th November 2016
Make your voices heard in response to new regional planning proposals, and read more about our recent Partnership Gathering where we’ll be assessing regional plans and addressing what they mean for energy, food, nature, resources and transport in our region.
Our Partnership vision is a sustainable city-region with a high quality of life for all. A long-term, joined-up, strategic approach to planning homes, jobs and transport is essential for realising this – securing ‘good’ economic growth that preserves and enhances what makes our region special.
The four West of England councils are running a 6-week consultation on early proposals for homes, job and transport up to 2036: where the 105,000 more homes needed could be built, what land could be allocated for new employment opportunities, and how a £7.5 billion of proposed transport improvements to address existing and future demand.
While 20 years may seem a long way off, and a region that covers Weston-super-Mare, Thornbury, Bath and all points in between may seem remote, these proposals – formally known as the ‘joint spatial plan’ and the ‘joint transport study’ – are a major step in a critical process for our region’s future.
No decisions have yet been made: responses now will shape a more developed set of plans that will be consulted on in summer 2017.
This is a golden opportunity to emphasise the importance of an environmentally sustainable future for our region. Building on our strong environmental reputation, not least the good work done in the lead up to, during and since European Green Capital, the West of England could – through ‘good’ growth that raises the quality of life for all – becomes a beacon for sustainability in the Britain.
Sustainable approaches to planning received strong public backing in previous consultations a year ago. They prioritised future housing and job options that protect the region’s green belt and focus on transport options, existing and new. The public’s biggest transport-planning concerns were congestion and quality of living, particularly with public transport and cycling investment.
So we are encouraging all Partnership members – and others who support a sustainable Bristol – to participate in this process.
You can influence the future of our region further by feeding in your thoughts or questions:
- How might the proposals affect your life, your organisation and your area?
- Are we planning for enough – or too many – homes?
- Are areas for development in the right places and at the right scale?
- Is the £7.5 billion transport package enough and is it the right mix travel modes?
- Will the proposals help build high quality, low carbon communities?
Please take some time to look at the proposals and send your responses before 19 December.
Read more about our panel debate as part of our recent Partnership Gathering on Thursday 1 December in central Bristol to explain what the plans mean for our 5 sustainability themes – energy, food, nature, resources and transport – and how you can get involved.
You can get more information from the West of England council:
- consultation website (links to the spatial plan and transport study)
- View the presentation from the consultation launch event: https://www.jointplanningwofe.org.uk/inovem/sites/site120/custom/JPS_Launch_Event_presentation.pdf
- consultation events calendar (e.g. at Bristol’s Central/Whitchurch libraries and City Hall)
- frequently asked questions on both documents
- engage on social media: @WEJointPlanning and #WEbuildourfuture (if you add @bgreencapital we’ll see your responses!)
If you know someone who might be interested but doesn’t have internet access, then information will be available at local libraries, council offices and at drop-in events, and responses can be mailed back to the consultation team.