West of England Joint Spatial Plan and Transport Study Consultation

We attended this event in company with other members of the CCAG.

The background for this event can be found at the website https://www.jointplanningwofe.org.uk/consult.ti

The four West of England authorities are working together to prepare a Joint Spatial Plan and Transport Study which will set out a prospectus for sustainable growth that is intended to allow the area meet its housing and transport needs for the next 20 years.

Issues we raised during the consultation event included:

  1. The need for the region’s broadband delivery infrastructure to be included in the transport strategy.
  2. The need to include the protection of historic buildings in the spatial plan.
  3. The need to consider community stability in both plans to ensure that unique communities such as that of Bath City Centre are not damaged.
  4. The need to reflect the importance of tourism to the region.
  5. Pollution priorities should be revised in the light of research showing that diesel particulates are the most dangerous pollutants where human health is concerned.
  6. The debate about affordable housing needs to be much clearer about the relative importance of rental against owner occupation.
  7. The plan needs to reflect the increased forecasts for numbers of students and have a clearer view about how these increased numbers will be accommodated.
  8. The need to acknowledge the fact that the growth in knowledge-based digital industries which has become central to the economic success of the region is fundamentally dependent on the quality of life that the region creates for residents.