The West of England Joint Spatial Plan
The West of England councils (Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol City, North Somerset, and South Gloucestershire) have completed a Joint Spatial Plan for public consultation from 7th November 2016 to 19th December 2016.
The aim of the plan is to set out a strategy for sustainable growth over the next 20 years. The consultation document suggests that there is a need for up to 105,000 homes and 82,500 jobs in the region. It therefore identifies, amongst other things, directions of growth and broad parameters for major developments in order to guide investment in infrastructure.
- For owners of agricultural land to promote their sites for development
- For landowners to promote their vacant sites or surplus land for redevelopment, intensification, a wider mix of uses or higher value uses
- For landlords to promote their under-utilised or unoccupied buildings for alternative uses
- Businesses can protect their commercial interests by promoting the industries and sectors that they work in
- Businesses can seek to influence policies to promote their interests
- Policies could be promoted to support specific industries or sectors of the economy
To realise the above opportunities, written representations must be made no later than Monday 19th Decemeber 2016.
If you would like to take advantage of this consultation period by representation to protect or enhance your property interest, then please get in contact with Owen Pike, head of our planning team.