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West of England Strategic Planning

West of England Strategic Planning 2020-10-02T16:25:18+01:00

The West of England Combined Authority (WECA) and its constituent authorities are working together, along with North Somerset Council, to address the region’s strategic housing, planning and infrastructure needs.

Spatial Development Strategy (SDS)

We need a large-scale plan to make sure future development in the region provides the right kind of jobs, homes and transport links in the right places. The Spatial Development Strategy will set out the vision for how people will live, work and play in the West of England over the next 20 years and will help us deliver our commitment to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030. It will influence where the homes and jobs in each local area will go and will be important in shaping future decisions on development.

The strategy will cover the area of the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) area, which includes Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire Councils.

How can I get involved?

Residents, local businesses, partners and stakeholders all have an important and active role to play in the development of the Spatial Development Strategy, by contributing local knowledge and expertise to improve the strategy and ensure that it reflects the diversity of the sub-region. Taking part in engagement and consultation on the SDS will be an important way to have your say and influence where homes and jobs will be provided in the future. Find out more.


Public engagement
Autumn 2020 – Summer 2021
Second half of 2021
  • Online survey and engagement in Autumn 2020
  • Ongoing stakeholder engagement on evidence base
  • Residents and stakeholders kept informed of progress
  • Statutory consultation on draft plan
  • Opportunity to comment on the proposed plan and supporting evidence through formal consultation
  • Plan examination by a panel of planning inspectors
  • There will be opportunities for the public to participate in the plan examination process, led by inspectors.


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Councils’ Local Plans

The SDS will be a high-level strategic plan. Each council will also develop Local Plans, that will need to be consistent with this work.

Information gathered for Local Plans will form part of the evidence base for the West of England Spatial Development Plan (SDS). This includes information gathered as part of their ‘Call for Sites’ process – while the SDS is not looking to identify specific locations, feedback through this process will provide understanding of the capacity and supply across the region.

Relevant links for Local Plans:

North Somerset will be developing their Local Plan in cooperation with the WECA authorities through Duty to Cooperate arrangements. To receive information about the development of the North Somerset Local Plan, please email planning.policy@n-somerset.gov.uk

Statement of Common Ground

The WECA area ‘Statement of Common Ground’ sets out the full range of cross-boundary matters that are currently being worked on by the authorities, and how we are doing so together with partners and neighbouring authorities as part of the preparation of the SDS and Local Plans.