Councils link to create joint housing strategy

PUBLISHED: 16:00 02 February 2015

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A DOCUMENT being drawn up by four councils could have an impact on how many homes are built in North Somerset.

North Somerset Council is working with three authorities to develop a Joint Strategic Planning Strategy (JSPS).

It will assess how many houses are required and how they will be distributed between North Somerset, Bristol, South Gloucestershire and Bath and North East Somerset.

It will help to pinpoint key development sites and how much infrastructure, including transport, will be required.

It is hoped the document could help prevent legal challenges similar to how North Somerset Council has been referred to the Planning Inspectorate over its Core Strategy, which sets out how many homes should be built by 2026. The authority was told it needed to build 25,000 whereas council leaders had originally planned for 17,130.

A document outlining how the JSPS will be created says: “Preparation of the JSPS is a substantial task and will have significant implications for the future planning of the sub-region.”

It says working together instead of relying on one Core Strategy per authority can help councils avoid duplicating evidence for any future legal challenges.

It will mean the councils could agree to housing developments which cross boundaries.

Developers have already put forward proposals for sites and are consulting with residents.

Plans include 53 homes in Congresbury, 100 in Claverham and 170 in Yatton.

To comment on the plan, email planning@westofengland.org by March 6.


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