West of England Joint Spatial Plan

West of England Joint Spatial Plan: Publication - November 2017


The following Strategic Development Locations will be delivered during the plan period:

  • Bath and North East Somerset: North Keynsham, Whitchurch.
  • Bristol: Land at Bath Road, Brislington.
  • North Somerset: Backwell, Banwell Garden Village, Churchill Garden Village, Nailsea.
  • South Gloucestershire: Buckover Garden Village, Charfield, Coalpit Heath, Thornbury, Yate.

The guiding principles common to all the strategic development locations are set out in Policy 5 and the detailed location-specific requirements are set out in Policies 7.1 - 7.12.

The broad locations for the Strategic Development Locations are shown indicatively on the Key Diagram.


Reasoned Justification for Policy 7

63. As part of the overall spatial strategy to deliver the housing needs for the plan area, strategic development locations (ie locations capable of accommodating 500+ dwellings) have been identified for detailed assessment through local plans. These comprise 12 locations which are consistent with the sustainable development objectives of the Plan but also represent a variety of different areas and forms of development which will provide flexibility and choice over the plan period.

64. The broad locations for the strategic development locations are shown indicatively on the Key Diagram. The Joint Spatial Plan does not allocate these areas; it indicates their general extent which will be further assessed and refined through local plans. In order to provide strategic guidance for the detailed work to follow, the Joint Spatial Plan summarises the development principles, opportunities, constraints and infrastructure requirements to be taken into account. This includes the generic development principles which apply across the whole plan area, particularly the place-shaping principles set out in Policy 5, and also other aspects such as affordable housing targets contained in Policy 3. These principles apply equally to the Strategic Development Locations as well as to other locations.

65. While the starting point will be compliance with the broad principles set out in the main body of the Joint Spatial Plan, it is important to recognise that the individual locations will also have specific local issues, constraints and opportunities to take into account. These are important in terms of ensuring the retention and enhancement of local character and distinctiveness, and ensuring that necessary infrastructure and other mitigations are introduced in an appropriate and timely manner.

66. Policies 7.1 - 7.12 set out the bespoke requirements for each location which will form the starting point for their detailed assessment through the local plans. These are derived from the evidence prepared as part of the plan-making process and summarised in the supporting documents, particularly the Strategic Development Location templates. The requirements identified in the Joint Spatial Plan policies are not exhaustive and will evolve as detailed assessment and masterplanning takes place at these locations.

67. While the trajectories need to be further refined as the proposals are developed in more detail, the 12 Strategic Development Locations are currently anticipated to deliver approximate 17,377 dwellings by 2036, with the capacity for a further 4,350 beyond the plan period. In many locations delivery is linked to the delivery of essential infrastructure, particularly highways and transport. This means that in several of the identified locations development is not anticipated to commence until later in the plan period.

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