Housing masterplan with ‘rare shared vision’ wins award

PUBLISHED: 10:00 03 June 2018

The JSP covers the whole of the West of England.

The JSP covers the whole of the West of England.

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A housing masterplan identifying where 25,000 homes in North Somerset may be built has won an award.

North Somerset Council has worked with neighbouring authorities in the West of England to develop the Joint Spatial Plan (JSP).

The JSP received recognition at the Royal Town Planning Institute’s awards.

Awards adviser Craig McLaren said: “Building the political will required to get agreement on a shared vision like this is rare but the region will reap the benefits through jobs, housing and growth for years to come.”

The JSP is not unanimously supported throughout North Somerset, however.

Backwell Parish Council has vowed to make a legal challenge against plans for 700 new homes in the village.

Meanwhile, Nailsea Town Council is not supportive of the location for 2,575 homes proposed for the south-west of the town.

The JSP has been submitted to the Government for review before it can be adopted.


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