Last chance to comment on JSP proposals for 25,000 homes in North Somerset

PUBLISHED: 16:00 08 January 2018

An aerial illustration of where the Grove Farm homes would go in Backwell.

An aerial illustration of where the Grove Farm homes would go in Backwell.

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The deadline to comment on plans which could lead to thousands of homes being built in North Somerset passes this week.

The Joint Spatial Plan (JSP) outlines where 105,000 homes could be built across the West of England region.

It includes proposals for 2,575 homes and five schools in Nailsea, and 700 homes and a primary school in Backwell.

MORE: What does the JSP propose for North Somerset?

The JSP was created by North Somerset Council, working alongside neighbouring authorities in the West of England region.

Council leader Nigel Ashton described the JSP as the ‘least worst option’ available as the authorities need to meet Government housing targets.

He said in a joint statement with the other authorities: “People feel passionately about where they live and the impact new growth might have on their local communities.

“We share the value they place on their local environment, landscape and biodiversity because it is part of what makes our region the place we want to live.

“We are committed to this plan-led approach to provide certainty to our communities, in order to secure high quality, sustainable growth for the West of England.”

Critics have voiced their concerns over a lack of infrastructure, and the scale of the plans.

The deadline to comment is Wednesday.

To view the whole plan, and to share your views, visit www.jointplanningwofe.org.uk

All comments made on the JSP will eventually be made available online.

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