West of England Joint Spatial Plan

West of England Joint Spatial Plan: Publication - November 2017




In order to deliver the housing requirement for the West of England of 102,200 homes between 2016 and 2036, the Joint Spatial Plan (JSP) makes provision for the supply of at least 105,500 new homes.

Based on the spatial strategy in Policy 2, the supply will be distributed between the unitary authorities as follows:

  • Bath and North East Somerset 14,500 dwellings
  • Bristol City 33,500 dwellings
  • North Somerset 25,000 dwellings
  • South Gloucestershire 32,500 dwellings

The Plan also makes provision for contingency supply which, if required would take the total housing supply available over the Plan period to 108,000 as set out in Policy 2.

The 5 year Housing Land Supply assessment will be based on the Housing Requirement of 102,200 and will be set out in the UAs Local Plans.


Reasoned Justification for Policy 1

1. Housing Requirement: The Strategic Housing Market Assessments (SHMA) prepared for the West of England evidenced an Objectively Assessed Need (OAN) for housing of 97,800 dwellings (dwellings) for the plan period 2016-2036. This comprises 85,000 dwellings for Wider Bristol Housing Market Area (HMA) and 12,800 dwellings for the Bath HMA).

2. This takes account of changes to net migration, the need to align future jobs and workers, in response to market signals, and to support the delivery of affordable housing. To take account of the needs of older people, the Housing Requirement is 102,200 dwellings for the Plan period as set out in the SHMA update. To allow some flexibility, the JSP makes provision for 105,500 dwellings by 2036.

3. District distribution: Policy 1 sets out the broad distribution of the Housing Requirement between the four districts. This is derived from the JSP spatial strategy and the location of committed and proposed housing growth over the plan period. Detailed delivery of the district distribution will be through local plans.

4. In the event that development does not come forward as anticipated, an additional contingency supply of around 3,000 dwellings has been identified as set out in Policy 2.

5. The 5 year Housing Land Supply assessment is based on the Housing Requirement of 102,200 dwellings and this will be established for each District through the respective UA Local Plans.