The West of England Joint Spatial Plan was submitted for examination by the four West of England Councils to the Secretary of State in April this year.

Two independent Planning Inspectors were appointed to conduct the examination and the Inspectors and councils have been in correspondence on a number of points. We (South Gloucestershire Council) have and will continue to publish details of these communications at under full examination details.

Further information is being published by the four councils as part of the examination process and these are:

– November Consultation Explanatory Note
– Schedule of Proposed Changes
– Duty to Cooperate Paper – to demonstrate how the Unitary Authorities have met the Duty to Cooperate in preparation of the Joint Spatial Plan (JSP)
– Justification of the requirements for the 12 Strategic Development Locations in Policy 7-7.12
– Updated Viability Assessment
– Updated Employment Evidence
– Transport Topic Paper 8 (update)
– Emerging Findings Transport Report
– Consolidated Sustainability Appraisal
– Updated Habitat Regulations Assessment

The additional evidence will be published and available for comments from Monday 12 November 2018 until Monday 7 January 2019 with the exception of the Updated Habitats Regulations Assessment which will be available from Monday 26 November 2018. Full information and details on how to make comments will be added to our website at
Please take the opportunity to comment online, this ensures your comments will be dealt with in the most efficient way possible.

Details are available on our website where you can view these technical documents in council offices, one stop shops and main libraries in Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. Any representations received after Monday 7 January will be treated as a late representation and cannot be guaranteed to be taken into account by the Inspector.

The aim of this notice is to highlight the consultation dates to enable you to schedule the necessary meetings of your council, so that representations can be received within the proposed consultation timeframe.

For the most up to date information on the JSP visit or contact Patrick Conroy at