Housing masterplan wins award for planners’ ‘shared vision’
PUBLISHED: 11:00 02 June 2018
A plan laying out where homes could go across the West of England has won an award.
North Somerset Council worked with three neighbouring authorities to produce the Joint Spatial Plan (JSP), which earmarks 25,000 homes for the district.
It is not without controversy, as it proposes two ‘garden villages’ by Banwell and Churchill with more than 2,500 homes each.
John Penrose, MP for the villages, said villagers were ‘rightly concerned’ the homes would ‘degrade the rural character of the area’.
The JSP, which was sent to the Government to review last month, was recognised at the Royal Town Planning Institute’s awards.
Awards advisor Craig McLaren said: “The planners’ leadership and commitment to working across council boundaries to develop this plan is impressive.
“Building the political will required to get agreement on a shared vision like this is rare, but the region will reap the benefits through jobs, housing and growth.”