How to comment on plans for 25,000 new homes

PUBLISHED: 14:49 22 November 2017

The JSP has gone out for consultation today (Wednesday).

The JSP has gone out for consultation today (Wednesday).

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People living in North Somerset can from today (Wednesday) give their views on plans to build 25,000 homes in the district over 20 years.

Cllr Nigel Ashton (right) said the housing target was the 'least worst option' available to North Somerset. Cllr Nigel Ashton (right) said the housing target was the 'least worst option' available to North Somerset.

The draft joint spatial plan (JSP) is the ‘least worst option’ available, according to North Somerset Council leader Nigel Ashton.

The plan works out at building three homes a day from 2016-36.

The JSP includes building 700 homes in Backwell and more than 2,500 near Nailsea. About 1,000 homes in urban areas, such as Weston-super-Mare, are also proposed.

The JSP includes more than 105,000 homes across the West of England.

Public consultation events:

The scale of the developments involved means the ramifications for communities affected will be huge.

With roads, health services, school places and more still to be determined, it is likely that many concerns will be raised from those areas.

North Somerset Council has arranged for four events to be held in Backwell, Banwell, Churchill and Nailsea over the coming weeks so any fears can hopefully be resolved face-to-face.

How to comment?

An online consultation will run from today until January 10 and can be accessed through the council’s website.

Alternatively, views can be emailed to planning.policy@n-somerset.gov.uk or sent to the Planning Policy Team, North Somerset Council, Town Hall, Walliscote Grove Road, BS23 1UJ.

What will happen next?

Subject to major changes following the public consultation, the JSP will be submitted to the Government for examination in March.

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