West of England Joint Spatial Plan


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 other 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 JSP Publication Plan and proposed engagement will proceed to be considered by each of the four West of England Local Authorities. Only once it is approved can it proceed. The four West of England council’s dates are:

South Gloucestershire Council, Wednesday 8th November

Bath & North East Somerset, Thursday 9th November

Bristol City Council, Tuesday 14th November

North Somerset (Special Executive Committee), Tuesday 14th November

Subject to approval by the four councils, the proposed public engagement is due to run from 22nd November until 10th January, 2018. Following this process, the draft plan, along with all of the feedback received will be sent to the Secretary of State (SoS) for their review and approval next year.

Details of the JSP and supporting papers will be published here only once the four councils have considered and approved the plan for the further stage of engagement.

Alongside the JSP, the four councils are continuing to develop a Joint Transport Study (JTS), which is designed to help the region meet the growing infrastructure demands that new growth will bring, as well as identifying the projects that are needed to upgrade existing links where there is already pressure on road and public transport networks. This includes providing the key transport infrastructure needed to reduce reliance on cars with better road and extended cycle links, improved junctions and better access to public transport.

The JTS has been endorsed by the West of England Joint Committee in October 2017. The next stage will be to take account of the JTS and recommendations in the Joint Local Transport Plan consultation in summer 2018. More information on the JTS can be found here under item 12 page 46.

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.


Latest News:

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.