West of England Joint Spatial Plan

West of England Joint Spatial Plan: Publication - November 2017

POLICY 6: STRATEGIC INFRASTRUCTURE REQUIREMENTS

Strategic infrastructure will be required to support the effective implementation of the Joint Spatial Plan Spatial Strategy.

Transport infrastructure:

Working with delivery partners, the strategic transport infrastructure identified on the Key Diagram and in the West of England Joint Infrastructure Delivery Programme will be provided within the period 2016-2036.

Priority will be given to schemes which support the delivery of the spatial strategy as set out in Policy 2.

Provision will be made in the Local Transport Plan and local plans for an integrated corridor-based approach to transport improvements which supports sustainable and active travel choices and maximises the effectiveness of non-car modes.

Other strategic infrastructure:

New development must be properly aligned with the provision of the necessary strategic infrastructure. Additional strategic infrastructure identified to support the delivery of the spatial strategy is future investment in strategic flood management infrastructure at Avonmouth / Severnside, and on the River Avon in relation to Bristol City Centre. This is indicated on the Key Diagram. Other infrastructure will be identified where appropriate in the WoE Joint Infrastructure Delivery Programme and will be identified through local plans and local infrastructure delivery programs.

A West of England Green Infrastructure Plan will identify the strategic measures and mechanisms to support the delivery of the environmental ambitions of the JSP and Local Plans, including mitigation for protected sites.

 

Reasoned Justification for Policy 6

59. The policy identifies the strategic development infrastructure requirements which are identified as being required during the plan period to deliver the spatial strategy. These are identified on the Key Diagram and set out in the Infrastructure Delivery Programme. These are the critical transport requirements, flooding and drainage improvements and mitigations. Energy infrastructure to support low carbon development and resilience to climate change such as the Avonmouth/Severnside Heat Network, with cross-border network requirements, will also come forward.

60. The requirement for an effective network of green infrastructure will be set out in local plans and other policy guidance and delivered through an integrated approach to new development. Other more localised infrastructure will also be required and this will be identified through local plans. A WoE Green Infrastructure Plan will identify and help to secure any green infrastructure required to support the delivery of the JSP and local plans. This would include addressing any potential significant effects on Natura 2000 sites, and other designated sites.

61. Delivery of the strategic infrastructure in the Infrastructure Delivery Programme will be ensured through joint working with delivery partners including Natural England, Environment Agency, Highways England, Network Rail, utilities companies and developers. The local authorities will explore a range of delivery mechanisms including the use of compulsory purchase powers (CPO) to make sure that essential infrastructure is delivered in step with new development.

62. Priority will be given to infrastructure delivery which is most effective in delivering the overall spatial strategy and, for example, tackling existing transport challenges, not just in respect of the new strategic development locations, but within the urban areas and at non-strategic locations across the plan area. Where infrastructure provision has cross-border or wider implications, the Unitary Authorities will work together to deliver the most effective solution through, for example, shared use of resources.