West of England Joint Spatial Plan

***The Joint Spatial Plan – Publication Document consultation has now closed. ***

The four West of England Councils – Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol City, North Somerset, and South Gloucestershire are working together to produce a West of England Joint Spatial Plan (JSP) which will set out a prospectus for sustainable growth to help the Region meet its housing and transport needs for the next 20 years, to 2036.

The JSP is the first such joint planning approach in the UK, which takes into account the impact that development in one area has across council boundaries.

The JSP will set out the policies and principles that have been applied in determining the most appropriate and sustainable locations for future development. The plan is the product of more than two years joint working and two previous consultations, where individuals, communities and stakeholders have made contributions to help shape the future growth of the region. Previous consultation papers can be found at the bottom of this page. The four councils now propose to submit the Joint Spatial Plan to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for examination.

Before this happens, residents, businesses, the development sector and other stakeholders have the opportunity between 22 November 2017 and 10 January 2018 to comment on the plan and make representations on its soundness. These comments and views will be passed on to the Planning Inspector who will assess the plan

To read the Joint Spatial Plan - Publication Document and the Plan’s supporting evidence base and topic papers visit the Joint Spatial Plan Publication homepage.

Alongside the JSP, the four councils have developed a Joint Transport Study (JTS), which is designed to help the region meet the growing travel demands that new growth will bring, as well as tackling existing pressure on road and public transport networks. This includes providing the key transport infrastructure needed to reduce reliance on cars and tackle congestion. Including measures to improve walking and cycling, better access to public transport and where necessary highway capacity improvements.

The JSP will be examined in public by an Independent Planning Inspector, who will then make a report back to the local authorities, which may include proposed amendments. Once satisfied that the plan meets all planning rules and laws, the four councils must adopt the plan, giving it statutory authority. At that point the approved JSP would sit above and guide the review of the councils’ own Local Plans.

***The Joint Spatial Plan – Publication Document consultation has now closed. ***

All submissions made will be considered alongside the JSP, when they are passed to the Government’s Planning Inspectorate in early 2018.

 

 

Latest News:

3rd January 2018:

Final 4 WoE UAs JSP Engagement OWTG 3rd January 2018 Release

 

22nd November 2017:

Public Engagement launched on Final Draft of West of England Joint Spatial Plan

 

15th November 2017:

Public Engagement planned on Final Draft of West of England Joint Spatial Plan

 

20th October 2017:

Final draft of the West of England Joint Spatial Plan to be considered by councils

 

Previous Consultations:

 

November 2016:

'Joint Transport Study: Transport Vision Summary Document' Consultation

'Joint Spatial Plan: Towards an Emerging Spatial Strategy’ Consultation

Joint Spatial Plan: Towards an Emerging Spatial Strategy Consultation Responses

Joint Spatial Plan and Joint Transport Study Consultation Report

 

November 2015:

Joint Transport Plan Issues and Options Consultation

Joint Spatial Plan Issues and Options Consultation

Joint Spatial Plan Issues and Options Consultation Responses

 

This website will keep you up to date with timescales and progress as we move forward post-consultation.