Unprecedented Public Participation for JSP Local Plan Examination

Posted on 28th June, 2019




UPDATE: JSP Inquiry Documentation, Inspector Letter 1 & Letter 2 in relation to "West of England Joint Spatial Plan Towards the Emerging Spatial Strategy Document" reference also to "NSC Statement of Community Involvement". See also "Joint Spatial Plan Wider Bristol HMA Strategic Housing Market Assessment Volume Two"



NB: The regional Joint Spatial Plan (JSP) directly influences North Somerset Council's (NSC) Local Plan and Bleadon's development future as written in NSC's Issues and Options Consultation Statement (March 2019):

"... (JSP) provides the new development context to 2036. This will roll-forward the existing proposals contained in all four West of England Core Strategies and identify the additional housing and infrastructure needed to 2036. It will identify the new housing requirement for North Somerset and new strategic growth areas and infrastructure requirements but will not contain specific allocations. This will be the role of the North Somerset Local Plan 2036."


The Examination of the West of England Joint Spatial Plan (JSP) Programme Officer letter, 07 June 2019:

"I write further to my letter of 11 April 2019.


The number of requests to participate in many of the hearing sessions has been even higher than anticipated and they are possibly unprecedented for a local plan examination. In the light of this it has been necessary to alter the venue and draft hearings programme from those previously announced. Full details are enclosed but, in summary, the July hearings will now take place at The Guildhall, High Street, Bath BA1 5AW.


The hearing sessions for Matters 3b, 5 and 6 have been postponed until September/October 2019 and further details about this, and the venue for these hearing sessions, will be announced following the July hearings [2,3,4 and 9.10.11 & 12 July 2019]...


The Inspectors would like to apologise for any inconvenience these changes cause, but trust that participants appreciate that this has been unavoidable, in order to ensure that all those with a right and a wish to participate in the hearings can do so."

Participants include:

Parish Councils: Wrington, Backwell, Burrington, Iron Acton, Cromhall, Wraxhall & Failand, Westerleigh, Flax Bourton

Town & District Councils: Nailsea, Yale and Stroud, West of England Joint Councils

Various Village & Resident Groups: Churchill & Langford, Wrington, Backwell & Thornbury, Whitchurch & Pensford et al, 

Various individuals, landowners, businesses and groups

Bleadon Parish Council's presumed related Joint Local Transport Plan response on behalf of Bleadon residents, 11 March 2019 Min 320.10:

"To Consider a response to the Draft Joint Local Transport Plan - The Council considered that there was insufficient time to respond as a council but that individuals were encouraged to respond."  NB The Joint Local Transport Plan consultation ran from 6 February through to 20 March, 2019.

Also, the unknown BPC response to JSP consultation in 08 January 2018 (Min 304.14)

"To Consider a Response to the Final Draft of the West of England Joint Spatial Plan. Agreed that Councillor Dobson prepare a response on behalf of the Council in consultation with the Chairman [Cllr Hartree] for submission by the deadline of 10th January."  NB This consultation ran from 22th November 2017 – 10th January 2018  with no public discussion, with unknown BPC response?

And 06 November 2017 (Min P68.14)

"To consider and agree a response to the final draft of the West of England Joint Spatial Plan (JSP). Cllr provided a summary of the JSP documentation. A Cllr highlighted that there is no green belt in our area and the green belt refers to the area around Bristol, Clevedon and Portishead. The area for Bleadon is referenced as AONB. It was unanimously resolved not to respond and comment at this stage and to review after the proposed public engagement from 22th November 2017 – 10th January 2018 is available and to add this onto the December Planning Committee Meeting agenda [Min 303.14 i.e. to add to next full council agenda in Jan 18]." 

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