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Enhancing Regional Infrastructure

Enhancing Regional Infrastructure 2019-03-15T12:39:07+00:00

One of our challenges is unlocking the West of England’s full potential to ensure we have the right infrastructure to provide homes, support jobs and enable people to move around our region.

The Joint Local Transport Plan

The JLTP is being led by the West of England Combined Authority, working with Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire councils. It sets out the approach to the way transport will develop up to 2036 in the West of England.

The JLTP aims to:

  • Support sustainable economic growth
  • Enable quality public services and improve accessibility
  • Address poor air quality and take action against climate change
  • Contribute to better health and wellbeing, safety and security
  • Create better places.

The 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.

Full details on the JSP can be found here.

Please note: The JSP is being developed by the four councils and is not a WECA or LEP plan or project.

Planning Toolkit

The Planning Toolkit outlines practical steps which the councils and developers can take to improve the way large scale and complex planning applications are managed. It identifies shared commitments between the councils and developers for further improvement and greater consistency.

It was published by the four West of England councils and the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) on 30 April 2012 and sets out their shared vision for a more positive and consistent planning system based on collaboration and engagement.

Duty to Cooperate and Joint Working

The councils have demonstrated, through their respective Core Strategy processes (and ongoing examinations), that their current Core Strategies conform with the policy guidance set out in the National Planning Policy Framework.

The councils have undertaken a series of projects to articulate their shared issues and priorities and to demonstrate their continued commitment to joint working.

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