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

Towards the Emerging Spatial Strategy Document

Relationship of the Joint Spatial Plan to Local Plans

The JSP will, in due course, carry significant weight and be used to inform key planning decisions. Whilst it will not replace existing local plans, in due course it will be a material consideration in decision making. In the meantime, existing local plans will continue to deliver existing Core Strategy targets. Local plan reviews will need to respond to the new strategic context. The JSP will eventually (when adopted) provide the new higher level strategic planning framework for the four authorities to 2036.

Given the early stage that the JSP is at, and in the spirit of early engagement on options, the JSP will not carry significant weight at this time which would be premature.

The Housing and Planning Act 2016 has a new route for planning permission for housing led development called ‘planning permission in principle’ or PIP. A PIP may be granted for housing-led development either on application to the local planning authority (or Secretary of State in some instances), or through qualifying documents. The JSP is not expected to be a qualifying document for establishing planning permission in principle. The JSP Spatial Strategy will identify strategic development locations which will be brought forward as allocations through the local plan process.