Decision details

WoE Joint Spatial Plan Proposed Modifications

Decision Maker: Director: Development of Place

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


The proposed changes to the Joint Plan have been considered by executive officers and members of the four West of England Councils, in line with the decision of Bristol City Council Full Council meeting on 14th November 2017 which agreed that:
‘The Service Director for Planning, or any other Director with responsibility for Strategic Planning, is delegated the authority, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning and City Design and in co-ordination with Bath and North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset Councils, to:
a) make modifications to the JSP if needed, either prior to publication or prior to submission, and
b) respond to issues arising during the examination, including making modifications to the JSP.’


To agree proposed changes to Policies 3, 6 and 7 and associated reasoned justification text of the Joint Spatial Plan as set out in Schedule 1 and to submit these as part of the Councils’ hearing statements for the JSP Examination.
To agree the ‘Commitment to Enter into Memoranda of Understanding on Affordable Housing’ set out at Schedule 2 as an Annex to the WoE Councils Matter Statement 3b – Affordable Housing.

Alternative options considered:

Option 1 - Detailed changes to policy wording are proposed to:
•Policy 3: Re-working of affordable housing policy to include a UA apportionment of unmet Bristol need for affordable/socially rented housing (to be made available for Bristol nominations).
•Policy 6: Rewording of the policy to improve clarity on the strategic infrastructure requirements for new development, include reference to strategic flood risk management infrastructure; improve reference to the Green Infrastructure Strategy and principles; improve clarity on management of European Protected Sites in response to development in response to the updated Habitat Regulations Assessment (HRA)
•Policy 7: Modification to Policy 7.0 to improve clarity of the policy and to individual SDL policies 7.1 – 7.12 to improve effectiveness of policy application.
Proposed modification wording set out meets changes required to be considered at the Examination.
Not to propose the changes to policies as set out would fail to address the identified issues.
Option 2 -
Option 3 -

Publication date: 01/07/2019

Date of decision: 01/07/2019