The planning process is underway to determine where new houses will be built, which areas will be designated for commercial/industrial use, how provision of healthcare and education services will be met, and what routes new and upgraded transport infrastructure will take.
Momentous decisions are about to be made which will shape the way our local communities look and feel for an entire generation. The four West of England authorities of South Gloucestershire Council, Bristol City Council, Bath and North East Somerset Council, and North Somerset Council have joined together to plan for development which will touch everyone of us.
Forecast growth in the region during the next 20 years will generate 82,500 new jobs and need 105,000 new homes for the incoming workers.
To this end the four Councils are working together on what they call their ‘Joint Spatial Plan’ and ‘Joint Transport Study’. There is a website which can be found here:- www.jointplanningwofe.org.uk
where there is more information about the draft proposals, and opportunity to respond. There is also a calendar of open public meetings where the proposals will be discussed.
While formulation of these plans are not yet finalised now is the time to seek more information, provide feedback and raise your concerns. Don’t delay, consultation closes on 19th December.