The four West of England Councils - Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol City, North Somerset, and South Gloucestershire have prepared a West of England Joint Spatial Plan.

The Plan sets out the policies and principles for determining the most appropriate and sustainable locations for future development to meet its housing, employment and transport needs for the next 20 years, to 2036. This plan will sit above and guide each councils’ own Local Plans.

The Plan is the product of more than two years joint working and two previous consultations, where individuals, communities and stakeholders have made contributions to help shape the future growth of the region. The four councils now propose to submit the Joint Spatial Plan to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for examination.

Prior to this, residents, businesses, the development sector and other stakeholders are invited to comment on the Plan and make representations on its soundness. These comments and views will be passed on to the planning inspector who will assess the Plan.

The Plan, supporting evidence base, topic papers, statement of representations procedure and how to make comments is available at

Please take the opportunity to comment online, this ensures your comments will be dealt with in the most efficient way possible. Hard copies of the Plan are available in libraries and council offices in Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

Please let us have your comments by Wednesday 10th January 2018. If you have any questions please email [email protected]

All comments made on the Joint Spatial Plan Publication Document will be published online in due course. Please note that responses received, including personal details, cannot be kept confidential and will be made publicly available.