West of England Joint Spatial Plan: Towards the Emerging Spatial Strategy

Towards the Emerging Spatial Strategy Document

Purpose of the Joint Spatial Plan

The four authorities are committed to a positive plan-led approach. This is consistent with the Government’s core planning principles and the Duty to Cooperate. Whilst the JSP is not a detailed land use plan, it is a statutory Development Plan Document and will form the strategic policy for individual Local Plans prepared by the four authorities going forwards. The scope of the JSP, with its supporting evidence base, is intentionally focused on:

  • identifying the number of new market and affordable homes and amount of employment land that is needed across the West of England 2016-2036.
  • setting out the most appropriate spatial strategy and strategic locations for where this growth should be to meet the needs identified. The outcome of this process will be housing apportionments for each authority in the final JSP.
  • identifying the transport and other infrastructure that needs to be provided in the right place and at the right time to support sustainable growth and to provide certainty for our communities and those that want to invest in our area.