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Consultation on the future of Bristol and Bath Region – having your say

Friday, 09 December 2016 10:14

The four local authorities that make up the West of England, are consulting on the future of this sub region with two consultations

  • 'Joint Spatial Plan: Towards an Emerging Spatial Strategy’ consultation
  • 'Joint Transport Study: Transport Vision Summary Document' consultation

The Joint Spatial Plan consultation proposes 105,000 houses to be built in the next twenty years in this area, and the Joint Transport Study proposes a number of transport options, such as new roads, park and rides and an extension to metrobus. 

While the vision of what the documents are trying to achieve are worthy, we feel that the proposals and processes are not strong enough to ensure that we have a properly planned system, where we get a high proportion of affordable housing in sustainable locations. We believe that we should focus on urban regeneration and building on brownfield sites before Green Belt or greenfield sites are released. We also want to see a public transport system that offers a viable alternative to the majority of residents of this area. Currently, the consultation proposes a vision of reducing car based journeys from their current level of 60% to 48%. Given the increase in population that is predicted, we could well end up with just as many cars on the road as now, if not more. 

We can do better than this, and as a thriving area we believe we must value and protect our local countryside for the enormous landscape and amenity benefits it brings to our two fabulous cities. 

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) fights for a better future for the English countryside. Our members are united in their love for England’s landscapes, and stand up for the countryside so it can continue to sustain, enchant and inspire future generations. We will be responding to both these consultations, and have been working hard to influence this process. Please consider joining us so we can represent your views. You are also encouraged to make your own response to the consultations. The deadline is December 19th 2016. 

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