There’s Still time to have your say on the area’s future

Residents in North Somerset are being urged to have their say about future local housing, employment and transport provision.

The West of England’s four councils – North Somerset, Bristol City, South Gloucestershire and Bath and North East Somerset – are carrying out a major public consultation to help shape the Joint Spatial Plan and Transport Study being developed for the area.

Cllr Elfan Ap Rees, North Somerset Council’s executive member for strategic planning, highways, transport and housing and economic development, who also chairs the West of England Planning, Housing and Communities Board, is urging residents to take the opportunity to give their views.The council has organised more drop-in consultation events for next week, giving local residents the chance to assess the options and help determine infrastructure for future generations.

These will take place at:

Nailsea Library on Tuesday 12 January from 10am-midday

Town Hall, Weston-super-Mare on Thursday 14 January from 10am-midday.

There will also be one at Weston College on Friday 15 January to get the views of students.

The West of England is growing and economically successful. The area is worth around £26bn a year to the UK economy and forecasting shows that at least 80,000 more jobs are anticipated by 2036.An estimated 85,000 new homes are needed in the West of England area over the next 20 years. With 56,000 currently planned or approved, options on where a further 29,000 homes could be built are being explored.

Cllr Ap Rees said: “I know many residents are concerned how North Somerset can meet the consequent demand for homes and transport infrastructure without infringing on the green belt and other sensitive areas of the district, but if the region is to remain successful it is vital to have those jobs with homes and transport in the right place to accommodate future growth in a sustainable way.”

If you are unable to get to one of next week’s consultation events there are a number of other ways you can have your say. You can get involved by:

visiting the website www.jointplanningwofe.org.uk

which has more information about the options and the various ways you can leave your views emailing comments or enquiries to comment@jointplanningwofe.org.uk

writing to

West of England Joint Planning Consultation,

c/o South Gloucestershire Council, PO Box 299, Corporate Research and Consultation Team, Civic Centre, High Street, Kingswood, Bristol, BS15 ODR

following a dedicated Twitter feed @WEjointplanning

and joining the discussion using the hashtag #WEbuildourfuture.

The consultation runs until Friday 29 January