The Spatial Plan sets out the strategy for building 85,000 new homes within the 4 counties, with a focus on affordability, practicality and environmental neutrality. The Transport Vision is a joint blueprint for transport solutions and infrastructure to support growth in the region.
In late 2016 BPT consulted on the Joint West of England Spatial Plan BPT response JWE Spatial Plan Dec16 and the Joint Transport Vision BPT response JWE transport vision Dec16. Our key messages include a call for Wiltshire to be involved in the plans, for viability appraisals to be an open book process to deal with developers reneging on affordable housing responsibilities, and for party houses and Air BnB style properties to be placed under tighter policy controls. We have several serious and detailed concerns regarding the proposed Transport Vision including the possibility of a freight consolidation unit on Bathampton Meadows, and we call for a regional approach to demand management (such as low emission zones and congestion charging).
In May 2018 the draft Joint Spatial Plan for the West of England Combined Authority was submitted to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government for review. The WECA have also produced a Joint Transport Study (JTS), which is designed to help the region meet the growing travel demands that new growth will bring, as well as tackling existing pressure on road and public transport networks. This includes providing the key transport infrastructure needed to reduce reliance on cars and tackle congestion. Including measures to improve walking and cycling, better access to public transport and where necessary highway capacity improvements.