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Fresh consultation on regional master plan for housing, jobs and transport


The four West of England councils – Bristol, Bath & North East Somerset, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire – have been working together on an overall spatial plan for the region to provide a vision and framework to deliver the number of new homes, land for employment and supporting infrastructure including transport that will be needed over the next 20 years.

The West of England Joint Spatial Plan (JSP) will provide the strategy for this, and inform the council’s own local plans which are currently under review (see responses on the draft Bristol local plan).

The draft JSP was submitted to central government in April 2018. During the ‘examination phase’, two independent planning inspectors have been seeking clarification on aspects of the JSP (you can read these communications in full here).

As more information has been published by the region’s councils as part of this process, they are now offering a fresh opportunity to comment on the proposals, with a 7 January 2019 deadline for responses.

This newly published information includes a sustainability appraisal as well as evidence on the basis for allocating key development sites across the region, as well as details on habitats (available from 26 Nov), transport, employment and viability.

As this is such a vital process for the sustainable future of our city and region, as with previous stages of this process, we urge Partnership member organisations to study the new information and respond with comments. If you are willing to do so, please do also share your responses with the Partnership staff team and let us know if you are willing for us to publish these (noting that submissions will be placed in the public domain in due course).

Further information:

See Partnership members’ responses to the consultation on a previous JSP draft

JSP examination phase web page

New JSP consultation response web page

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