William Eichler 20 January 2020

Council abandons joint housing plan after inspectors question its ‘soundness’

Council abandons joint housing plan after inspectors question its ‘soundness’   image

A third west of England council has voted to withdraw from a joint regional plan for housing and growth.

Bath and North East Somerset Council voted unanimously to pull out of the Joint Spatial Plan (JSP), following North Somerset and South Gloucestershire councils.

The JSP, which was formulated by the three councils plus Bristol City Council, focused on the long-term housing and infrastructure needs of the west of England to 2036.

It was to sit above and guide each councils' own local plans.

A dozen sites surrounding Bristol had been identified for a total of 105,000 new homes in strategic development locations (SDLs).

However, Government planning inspectors criticised the plan’s ‘soundness’.

‘We conclude that robust evidence has not been provided to demonstrate that the 12 SDLs proposed in the plan have been selected against reasonable alternatives on a robust, consistent and objective basis,’ they wrote last September.

Commenting on the council’s decision to pull out of the JSP, a spokesperson for Bath and North East Somerset Council said: ‘We can confirm that full council voted unanimously to withdraw from the JSP on 16 January.

‘We remain committed to working with our three neighbouring West of England councils and the West of England Combined Authority on the best way forward.’

A Bristol City Council spokesperson said: 'We remain committed to finding positive ways of addressing the city and region’s strategic planning needs by working with the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) and our neighbouring councils.'

SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Catering Assistant x3 - Great Notley Country Park

Essex County Council
Up to £8.72 per hour
Please note that these roles are being offer as a permanent contract but on an as and when basis. We would expect you to be able to work 20 - 30 hours a week most weeks. England, Essex, Braintree
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Catering Assistant - Cook x2 - Great Notley Country Park

Essex County Council
£17500 - £19329 per annum + Plus Benefits Package
We hope to be able to have these position start for mid July 2020. England, Essex, Braintree
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Director of Governance and Compliance

Cheshire East Council
Six-figure salary negotiable on experience
Looking for a talented leader who is comfortable working at a strategic level as well as someone with a track record of sound operational management. Cheshire
Recuriter: Cheshire East Council

Director of Corporate Property

Westminster City Council
Competitive Salary
This is a senior role within the Council and so the key to the success will be leadership, engagement and... City of Westminster, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Westminster City Council

Property Manager Temporary Accommodation

Hackney London Borough Council
£55,233 - £56,289
We’re looking for someone who is energetic, focused and committed to managing and improving our buildings in a fast paced team. Hackney, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Hackney London Borough Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue