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) which will set out a prospectus for sustainable growth to help the Region meet its housing and transport needs for the next 20 years, to 2036.

The JSP is the first such joint planning approach in the UK, which takes into account the impact that development in one area has across council boundaries. The JSP will set out the policies and principles that have been applied in determining the most appropriate and sustainable locations for future development. The plan is the product of more than two years joint working and three previous consultations, where individuals, communities and stakeholders have made contributions to help shape the future growth of the region.

The Joint Spatial Plan (JSP) was submitted to the Secretary of State on the 13th April 2018. On this date the JSP entered the ‘examination stage’.  It is during this stage where the independent Inspector(s) will review the plan and its supporting evidence base and determine whether the plan is sound and therefore ready to be adopted. 

This stage involves Examination Hearing sessions, led by the inspectors, in which members of the public and officers of the authorities will be invited by the Inspectors to participate on specific matters to assist the Inspector in considering the policies and principles set within 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.

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.

Responses to the recent consultation, along with the Key Issues Reports incorporating the West of England officer initial responses have been submitted to the independent Planning Inspectors. These documents are available to view on the JSP Examination webpage

To view the recent documents submitted to the Inspectors please view the JSP Examination webpage.

For previous submitted documents to the Inspector please view the JSP Submission Document library.

For full details on the JSP Examination click here.

 

Consultation Representations

All representations made to the West of England Joint Spatial Plan Publication Document consultation (Regulation 19) and Joint Spatial Plan Technical Evidence Work consultation are also available to view online via the below links:

 

Joint Spatial Plan Publication Document consultation (Regulation 19) Representations

Joint Spatial Plan Technical Evidence Work consultation Representations

 

 

Latest News:

12th November 2018:

Consultation Launched as part of Independent Examination of West of England Joint Spatial Plan

 

12th September 2018:

Further Consultation This Autumn as West of England Joint Spatial Plan Assessed by Independent Planning Inspectors

 

13th April 2018:

West of England Joint Spatial Plan Submitted to Government for Review

 

3rd January 2018:

Final 4 WoE UAs JSP Engagement OWTG 3rd January 2018 Release

 

22nd November 2017:

Public Engagement launched on Final Draft of West of England Joint Spatial Plan

 

15th November 2017:

Public Engagement planned on Final Draft of West of England Joint Spatial Plan

 

20th October 2017:

Final draft of the West of England Joint Spatial Plan to be considered by councils

 

Previous Consultations:

 

November 2016:

'Joint Transport Study: Transport Vision Summary Document' Consultation

'Joint Spatial Plan: Towards an Emerging Spatial Strategy’ Consultation

Joint Spatial Plan: Towards an Emerging Spatial Strategy Consultation Responses

Joint Spatial Plan and Joint Transport Study Consultation Report

 

November 2015:

Joint Transport Plan Issues and Options Consultation

Joint Spatial Plan Issues and Options Consultation

Joint Spatial Plan Issues and Options Consultation Responses

 

This website will keep you up to date with timescales and progress as we move forward post-consultation.

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