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Have your say on Housing and Transport in the West of England

Have your say on Housing and Transport in the West of England

Residents of the West of England have the opportunity to shape the regions housing and transport provision for the next 20 years by participating in a major consultation that starts today.

The Leaders of the four local authorities in Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset and Bath & North East Somerset encouraged residents today to submit their views on emerging options for the provision of new homes and associated infrastructure.

As the Initiative set out in its 2050 Vision, The West of England needs to plan for more homes if it is to meet the area’s growing need for housing and continue to be economically successful. Local Authorities have calculated that the area will need 85,000 new homes by 2036. 56,000 of those homes have been planned or approved already, so it is the options as to where a further 29,000 homes could be built that are being explored.

This plan is about delivering the homes needed for future generations: affordable, well-designed, well-located and well-connected.

The options are part of councils’ emerging Joint Spatial Plan and Transport Study which form the basis of their consultation to shape the development of housing, employment space, transport and infrastructure provision until 2036.

West of England Joint Spatial Plan

They have been set out on a series of indicative maps for people to examine during the three-month consultation. Although all options are up for discussion and debate, partners agree that the focus for new housing should be on previously developed land to minimise the need for developing green space.

In line with national policy, brownfield development is to be prioritised over encroachment into the Green Belt wherever possible, preserving and promoting the quality of environment that the West of England enjoys.

The West of England Joint Plan consultation has opened to the public today, Monday 9 November 2015, and people have until January 2016 to tell the councils what they think of the proposals set out by housing and transport officers for discussion.

Have Your Say: Check out the detail on the website, which contains information about the options, and the various ways that people can leave their views.

People can also get involved by:

  • Emailing comments or enquiries to:
  • Sending written comments to: West of England Joint Planning Consultation c/o South Gloucestershire Council, PO Box 299, Corporate Research and Consultation Team, Civic Centre, High Street, Kingswood, Bristol, BS15 0DR
  • Attending one of a series of local events which will take place across the West of England over the coming weeks. Details are available from the website
  • Following a dedicated Twitter feed @WEJointPlanning which will provide updates on the consultation process and give your views using the #WEbuildourfuture

The draft Joint Spatial Plan will be published in autumn 2016, and finally submitted to government in 2017. It could be formally adopted in early 2018.

1 Comment

  1. A few points:-
    At 48% of the total area, there must be some scope for reducing green belt land with minimal overall effect.
    Good commuter transport is essential.
    New developments should allow commuters sight of greenbelt land during their journeys, avoiding ribbon development which negates the positive psychological effects of green space. In essence, the greenbelt should benefit the majority of people, not just those living in or adjacent to it.

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