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West of England Strategic Planning

West of England Strategic Planning 2020-11-03T10:39:36+00:00

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?

We will be running an online survey on the future of the region to shape the Spatial Development Strategy. This will run from 2 November to 14 December 2020. You can take part in the survey by visiting https://consultation.westofengland-ca.gov.uk/infrastructure/the-spatial-development-strategy.

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. (PDF 103kb)

Timeline

Public engagement
Autumn 2020 – Summer 2021
Consultation
Second half of 2021
Examination
2022
  • 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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Your information will be held by WECA, who will use this to update you on strategic planning in the West of England region, and inform you of relevant future consultations. Your information will be held for no more than five years, at which point you will be asked whether you wish to remain on the mailing list. If you have previously been on the mailing list to receive updates on the Joint Spatial Plan, you will not automatically continue to receive updates on joint planning – you will need to opt-in to do so. WECA may share your information with the Combined Authority unitary authorities (B&NES, Bristol, and South Gloucestershire). WECA may at times engage with external consultants as part of the plan making process, and therefore there may be times when details will be shared with those working on behalf of WECA and the West of England unitary authorities. They will not be shared with any other third party, or for any purpose unrelated to strategic planning. Your details will be stored securely in line with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and only accessed by authorised personnel who have received appropriate training in data management. You have the option to opt out of this mailing list at any time by clicking unsubscribe at the footer of any email communications.

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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.

South Gloucestershire will be launching a consultation on their new Local Plan in the week commencing 23 November, and we encourage South Gloucestershire residents to take part. For up to date information on Local Plans follow the following links:

North Somerset Local Plan

North Somerset will not be included in the SDS and are taking forward their Local Plan. If you want to take part in the North Somerset Local Plan consultation, please visit  www.n-somerset.gov.uk/newlocalplan.

Integrated Impact Assessment for the SDS – scoping report

The SDS will undergo an Integrated Impact Assessment (IIA), which means the environmental, health, community safety and equalities impacts that could arise from the SDS will be assessed and reviewed throughout the plan-making process. In this way the IIA will meet our legal requirements to assess environmental impacts of the SDS including a Sustainability Appraisal. At this stage, our scoping report sets out our suggested approach to these assessments, and we are checking this is appropriate by consulting a number of bodies with formal responsibilities for the issues (‘statutory consultees’ we have a duty to engage with). However, if you would like to give your views on the suggested approach, you can also do so by following the instructions on p. 9 in the report, which is available to download below.

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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.

Future of the region survey