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Businesses urged to have their say on future of the West of England’s housing and transport

Businesses urged to have their say on future of the West of England’s housing and transport

Businesses and their employees are being called upon to help shape the future provision of housing and transport across the West of England city region.

The major consultation, which is being led by the area’s four local authorities, follows estimates that 85,000 new homes will be needed by 2036 – 29,000 more than those already planned and predicted.

Over the same 20 year period around 95,000 new jobs are likely to be created in the area, as the region powers ahead as one of the UK’s most successful local economies.

The local authorities – Bristol City Council, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset and Bath & North East Somerset – have launched a Joint Spatial Plan and Transport Study giving local businesses the opportunity to have their say in how and where future development should happen.

James_DurieChief executive of Bristol Chamber & West of England Initiative at Business West, James Durie said:

“Business in Bristol, Bath and the West of England is on the rise. We are the most successful city region outside of London and are home to an incredibly successful range of companies small to large.

“But if we’re to sustain our growth, our high standard of living, fulfil the potential for all those who live and work here, attract more talent and investment, it’s critical that we have the right number of homes and good transport infrastructure to match our needs.

“Housing and transport are key factors in ensuring that we can seize opportunities for this city-region’s economy. Without these foundations our future growth will be constrained.”

Business West has long encouraged the four councils to plan ambitiously for the long-term future for housing, transport and employment, he said.

“They have committed to do just this and so now is our chance to input into this. We strongly urge all business and employers to engage in this consultation and say what you want to see.”

The deadline for comments is January 29. For more information, visit http://www.jointplanningwofe.org.uk

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