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).
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