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The Independent Planning Inspectors responsible for examining the West of England Joint Spatial Plan (JSP) on behalf of the Secretary of State will undertake the next stage of their examination in the form of two stages of hearings held in public in central Bath at the Guildhall, High Street, Bath BA1 5AW.

The four West of England Councils – Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol City, North Somerset, and South Gloucestershire – submitted the JSP to the Secretary of State in April 2018 for examination. The JSP sets out the policies and principles for determining the most appropriate and sustainable locations for future development, in order to meet the region’s housing, employment and transport needs through to 2036. This Plan will sit above and guide each councils’ own Local Plans.

Since its submission, two Independent Planning Inspectors were appointed by the Minister to conduct the examination, to determine whether the Joint Spatial Plan complies with existing laws and regulations and that it meets the regional growth needs.

The hearings will be carried out in public and those who commented on the JSP in the last two previous consultations have been invited to speak. Each session is scheduled to run between 9.30am – 1pm and 2pm – 5.30pm each day.
Stage one of the hearings will take place between:
• Tuesday 2 July 2019 – Friday 5 July 2019
• Tuesday 9 July 2019 – Friday 12 July 2019

Stage two of the hearings will take place between:
• Tuesday 17 September 2019 – Friday 20 September
• Tuesday 24 September 2019 – Friday 27 September
• Tuesday 1 October 2019 – Friday 4 October 2019
• Tuesday 8 October 2019 – Friday 11 October 2019.

Information relating to both stages of the hearings can be found online at

Press release by North Somerset Council.

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