Joint Spatial Plan: Publication document

Closed 10 Jan 2018

Opened 22 Nov 2017

Results expected 31 Mar 2018

Feedback Updated 3 Oct 2018

We Asked

We asked residents, businesses, the development sector and other stakeholders to make their duly made representation/s on the JSP Publication Document

The third phase of consultation on the JSP ran from Wednesday 22nd November 2017 to Wednesday 10th January 2018.

You Said

2,554 respondents submitted a total of 4,769 duly made representations.

A summary of the main issues raised in the representations submitted is set out in the engagement report (Regulation 22) Engagement Report of Key Issues raised at Regulation 19 Consultation (April 2018). 

This is available to view on the West of England JSP website (JSP Submission Document library):

We Did

We submitted the JSP to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on 13th April 2018.

On this date the JSP entered the ‘examination stage’It is during this stage where the independent Inspector reviews the plan and its supporting evidence base and has regard to the duly made representations.

The Inspector will determine whether the plan is sound and therefore ready to be adopted. This stage involves examination Hearing sessions. The Inspector will make a report back to the local authorities and may propose further amendments. Once satisfied that the Plan meets all planning rules and laws, each council will then consider whether or not to adopt the Plan. Subject to that approval, the JSP would sit above and guide the review of the councils’ own Local Plans.


The four West of England Councils – Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol City, North Somerset, and South Gloucestershire – have prepared a Joint Spatial Plan (JSP) for the West of England. Its purpose is to provide a strategic, overarching vision and framework to help deliver the number of new homes, land for employment purposes and the supporting infrastructure that we anticipate will be needed over the next 20 years. The JSP will provide a strategy to inform the review of the councils’ own Local Plans.

A formal consultation on the plan will run from 22nd November 2017 until 10th January 2018.

Why We Are Consulting

The four councils propose to submit the JSP to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for examination.

Prior to this, residents, businesses, the development sector and other stakeholders are invited to comment on the Plan and make representations on its soundness. These comments and views will be passed on to the planning inspector who will examine the Plan.


  • All Areas


  • All residents
  • Business
  • Community & Voluntary organisations


  • Democracy and participation
  • Environment
  • Planning
  • Regeneration
  • Traffic and transportation
  • Health services and facilities
  • Housing
  • Parks and green spaces