Joint Spatial Plan: Issues and Options

Have your say on future housing in the area

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The West of England Joint Spatial Plan is a direct response to the real and growing need for new and affordable homes to be built and supported with infrastructure.

Estimates indicate that to maintain its current prosperity, the area needs 85,000 new homes by 2036, nearly 30,000 more than the number already planned.

The area’s four local authorities – Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Bath & North East Somerset – have come together to tackle this challenge in a joined-up, strategic way that will deliver the necessary housing and employment alongside improved transport and other infrastructure.

Along with the Joint Spatial Plan, the West of England’s four local authorities are working together on a Joint Transport Study. This seeks to build on a strong recent track record of attracting transport investment. Currently, more than £500m is being spent to improve transport.

Issues and Options consultation – November 2015 to January 2016

This issues and options consultation provided a chance to tell us how you think homes, employment and other infrastructure should be provided in the West of England over the next 20 years. We have received hundreds of responses. The responses received will be taken into account in preparing the next stage of the Joint Spatial Plan. There will be further consultation on this, likely in Autumn 2016

The responses to the Issues and Options consultation have now been published and are available to view and search from here.

What is the Joint Spatial Plan?

The Joint Spatial Plan (JSP) is a statutory planning document that will set out the number of houses needed and the broad locations for housing, employment, transport and other infrastructure for the next 20 years. 
The Joint Spatial Plan is strategic, rather than specific, and in the first place will identify broadly a number of the most suitable locations for development. Following testing and further research, some of these sites will be deemed inappropriate; meanwhile other sites may come into consideration. It’s important to keep in mind that not all the locations identified will be developed.

Find out more about the types of development and potential locations we are talking about and the spatial scenarios we are evaluating and want your views on.

To support the publication of the Joint Spatial Plan a range of technical papers and evidence have also been published.

 

 

 

 

NOTE: All comments will be published and made publically available. Please note that responses received, including personal details, cannot be kept confidential.

This consultation has now closed and the responses received have been published and are available for you to view and search from here

Consultation Documents

  • Joint Spatial Plan: Issues and Options
  • West of England Joint Spatial Plan: Issues and Options
  • JSP Issues and Options: Consultation Summary
    A summary of the issues and options document
  • Consultation Presentation
    A copy of the presentation covering both the Joint Spatial Plan and the Joint Transport Study given at the consultation event held on 27 November 2015
  • Housing Capacity Evidence Paper
    This note describes in more detail the housing supply data used in the Joint Spatial Plan Issues and Options document and forms part of the evidence base. The data has been provided for the three local authorities identified within the Wider Bristol Housing Market Area (HMA) – Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.
  • Evidence Base Reports: Purpose and Schedule
  • Wider Bristol Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) Volume 1
    The purpose of the study is to support the local authorities in objectively assessing and evidencing the need for housing (both market and affordable) across the Wider Bristol HMA for the 20-year period 2016-36, and provide other evidence to inform local policies, plans and decision making.
  • Call for Sites Schedule and Mapping
    This document provides a summary list and mapping of the sites suggested for development as part of ‘Call for Sites’ which was carried out by the four local authorities in the West of England between January and March 2015. This work forms part of the evidence base which supports the development of the West of England Joint Spatial Plan.
  • Transport Topic Paper
    This report describes technical work that has been undertaken to inform the Joint Spatial Plan Issues and Options document. It includes information on the key transport challenges, baseline data to provide the context and methodology for the assessment of strategic locations and spatial scenarios, describes the assessments of the strategic locations and the conclusions from this work.
  • Green Belt Assessment
    The objective of this document is to assess the Green Belt across the West of England area and provides a strategic assessment of the whole Green Belt across the plan area in relation to the purposes of Green Belts as set out in the National Planning Policy Framework. For the purposes of this study, the Green Belt has been divided into cells which have been assessed to determine which of the five purposes of Green Belt they serve, having regard to the essential characteristic of openness. The assessment also identifies and describes any changes to the characteristics of locations within the Green Belt.
  • Infrastructure Position Statement
    This Infrastructure Position Statement (IPS) summarises the strategic infrastructure required to support “planned for” growth across the WoE (to 2027) and provides the baseline position and a commentary on the issues surrounding the delivery of strategic infrastructure to support the development typologies set out in the Issues and Options document, based on findings from initial discussions with providers.
  • Flood Risk Methodology Paper
    The purpose of this paper is to introduce the approach and context for how flood risk issues will be taken into account in the preparation of the West of England Joint Spatial Plan and summarise the work undertaken to date to support the Joint Spatial Plan.
  • Habitat Regulations Assessment (HRA): Initial Scoping Paper
    The purpose of this initial scoping paper is to begin the process for undertaking a Habitat Regulations Assessment for the Joint Spatial Plan and has been informed by early engagement with Natural England (NE) in its role as the competent authority.
  • Ecosystem Service Evidence Part 1
    An analysis of the ecosystems and ecosystem service provision within the West of England.
  • Landscape Sensitivity Summary Methodology Note
    The West of England Authorities will be drawing on their existing Landscape Character Appraisals to undertake an assessment of the landscape sensitivity and suitability of currently undeveloped or rural areas to absorb future development. The high level landscape sensitivity assessment will allow land within the West of England area to be compared against a consistent baseline and methodology.
  • Severnside Wetlands Nature Improvement Area
    Paper outlining the importance and characteristics of the Severnside Wetlands Nature Improvement Area
  • Revised SA Scoping Report Nov 2015.
    Revised SA Scoping Report Nov 2015
  • Sustainability Appraisal.
    Sustainability Appraisal
  • Economic Development Needs Assessment - note to readers
    Economic Development Needs Assessment - note to readers
  • Economic Development Needs Assessment
    Economic Development Needs Assessment
  • Full glossary of terms for the JSP Issues and Options paper
    Full glossary of terms for the JSP Issues and Options paper
  • Strategic Housing Market Assessment Volume 2
    Strategic Housing Market Assessment Volume 2
  • Joint Transport Study Summary
  • Young placemakers - Lesson plan for schools
  • Housing Capacity Evidence Paper

Consultation Summary

Consultation Summary
Name Joint Spatial Plan: Issues and Options
Dates From 9 Nov 2015 at 10:00 to 29 Jan 2016 at 17:00. The results were published on 18 May 2016.
Status Complete