Deadline to comment on plans for thousands of homes will pass this week – here’s how to have your say

PUBLISHED: 17:00 08 January 2018

A garden village could be built outside Banwell.

A garden village could be built outside Banwell.

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The deadline to comment on the Joint Spatial Plan (JSP) – which outlines where 25,000 homes could be built in North Somerset – is fast approaching.

North Somerset Council worked alongside neighbouring authorities to create the JSP, which plans for the West of England’s future up to 2036.

It includes proposals for 1,900 homes in a new ‘garden village’ outside Banwell, and 2,675 homes by Churchill.

MORE: What does the JSP propose for North Somerset?

Council leader Nigel Ashton described the JSP as the ‘least worst option’ available as the authorities need to meet Government housing targets.

He said in a joint statement with the other authorities: “People feel passionately about where they live and the impact new growth might have on their local communities.

“We share the value they place on their local environment, landscape and biodiversity because it is part of what makes our region the place we want to live.

“We are committed to this plan-led approach to provide certainty to our communities, in order to secure high quality, sustainable growth for the West of England.”

Critics have voiced their concerns over a lack of infrastructure, and the scale of the plans.

The deadline to comment is Wednesday.

To view the whole plan, and to share your views, visit www.jointplanningwofe.org.uk

All comments made on the JSP will eventually be made available online.

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