The Future of the Region: the Spatial Development Strategy

Closed 14 Dec 2020

Opened 2 Nov 2020

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We are developing a Spatial Development Strategy (SDS) to make sure our region remains a thriving, successful and innovative place for the future.

The plan will make sure the development of homes, spaces for employment and transport links happens in the right places giving all residents access to opportunities and a better quality of life. It will help us meet our aim to be carbon neutral by 2030 and ensure that nature and wildlife can also benefit.

The SDS will cover Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire and will be developed by those councils and the West of England Combined Authority. North Somerset will develop their Local Plan in cooperation with the WECA authorities but will not be included in the SDS.

The scale of the challenge

The West of England's population is growing. People are attracted to move to the region and our resident population is increasing. House prices and rents are rising and, as people live longer, the amount and types of housing that are needed is changing. 

Over the next 20 years the area covered by the Spatial Development Strategy could need around 88,500 or as many as 125,000 homes (depending on the Government's method of calculating housing need, linked to the national housing target). 

However, we will need to consider constraints and opportunities to arrive at the right amount of homes to plan for (which may or may not reach these numbers).

Generating employment and a clean, resilient economy

The coronavirus pandemic has changed lives, businesses, work and travel patterns. The SDS can help us build back a more clean, inclusive economy through providing the space and infrastructure needed for residents to access good jobs, and for businesses to thrive. This will support growth, drive innovation and support clean and low carbon sectors. 

Why your views matter

Your views will help us shape the Spatial Development Strategy so we can create a better place to live, work and play. 

The survey runs from 2 November to 14 December 2020. An engagement report and responses will be published online in early 2021.

By taking part in this survey, you are agreeing that your comments can be made public in an engagement report that will be published by the West of England Combined Authority. You will be asked at the end of the survey if you would like your responses to remain anonymous.

What happens next

This survey closed on 14 December 2020.

We will review responses, and publish them alongside a consultation report in early 2021.

To keep up to date with the development of the Spatial Development Strategy please sign up to our mailing list. You can sign up by visiting the West of England strategic planning webpage



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