United plan to tackle housing

PUBLISHED: 17:00 02 July 2015

3d illustration of  Blueprints

3d illustration of Blueprints

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A NEW plan for housing has been agreed by four different councils in a bid to make sure appropriate infrastructure is put in place alongside any future developments.

The West of England Planning, Housing and Communities Board met on Friday and set up its new Joint Spatial Plan.

The board is made up of representatives from North Somerset, Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol City and South Gloucestershire councils.

Across all of the areas there are already 47,000 homes due to be built by 2026, a figure which has been decided by individual plans and core strategies from each authority.

But the new scheme will roll forward any see plans co-ordinated to make sure there are enough homes to meet demand right up until 2036.

Thousands more homes will need to be accomodated across all of the four districts and now each authority has agreed to assess the total number needed in partnership through a plan-led approach.

Environmental capacity and quality of life for people living in each of the districts will all be examined

The plan will be used to ensure appropriate infrastructure proposals are made alongside any development plans.

It will make sure there is enough land available and that developments are built in a sustainable manner to benefit the community.

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