Last updated: 3rd July 2018

West of England Joint Spatial Plan Publication Plan 2017 cover

The four West of England Councils - Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol City, North Somerset, and South Gloucestershire have produced a West of England Joint Spatial Plan (JSP), to help the sub-region meet its housing and transport needs for the next 20 years, to 2036.  The JSP sets out the overall approach and location of new development and will guide the review of each of the Council’s own local plans.


The Joint Spatial Plan (JSP) was submitted to the Secretary of State on 13th April 2018. 

The JSP will now be examined for its compliance with statutory requirements and on its soundness.  Inspector Mr Malcolm Rivett BA(Hons) MSc MRTPI has been appointed to conduct the examination to determine whether the JSP is sound and legally compliant.  He will be assisted by Mr Steven Lee BA(Hons) MA MRTPI.  In undertaking this task the Inspectors will have particular regard to the representations made on the JSP Publication Plan consulted on between 22nd November 2017 and 10th January 2018.

All submission documents including the representations received on the JSP Publication Plan are available at

Hard copies of the main submission documents are available for public inspection at the One Stop Shop Lewis House, Bath, BA1 1JG; The Hollies in Midsomer Norton, BA3 2DT; and the One Stop Shop, Civic Centre, Keynsham BS31 1FS during opening hours:

The precise date for the opening of any formal hearing part of the examination into the JSP will be decided by the Inspectors. It is currently anticipated that the hearings will not start before October 2018.

Report on Joint Spatial Plan Strategic Development Locations Routes to Zero Carbon Study January 2018

The Joint Spatial Plan Strategic Development Locations: Routes to Zero Carbon Study (January 2018) produced by RegenSW for the four West of England Authorities tests the ability of the new strategic development locations to meet zero carbon energy objectives (Click here to download the report).  

For more information on the Joint Spatial Plan please visit

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