Help plan the homes we need

Residents in North Somerset now have another chance to share their views on ambitious proposals for new homes and major transport improvements in the area as two important planning documents are made available for comment.

The draft Joint Spatial Plan (JSP) concerns the future housing, business, transport and wider infrastructure needs for the whole of the West of England area up to 2036. Complementing this, North Somerset Council has begun work on a new Local Plan document which will provide detailed policies and additional housing, employment and other land allocations up to 2036. The new Local Plan will review and roll-forward policies and allocations in existing development plan documents and plan for the housing, jobs and infrastructure set out in the Joint Spatial Plan.

The draft West of England JSP was approved for consultation by North Somerset Council’s Executive yesterday (14 November).

The council has been working with the three other West of England authorities – South Gloucestershire, Bath and North East Somerset and Bristol – to develop the plan.

The latest draft has now been approved by all four councils for consultation which will run from Wednesday 22 November to Wednesday 10 January. For details see The plan, along with all the feedback received, will then be submitted to the Secretary of State in March next year for examination by an independent inspector.

The JSP sets out the overall amount of new homes and business development and where it should be located across the West of England area, as well as the key infrastructure, such as transport improvements, needed to support that growth.

Within North Somerset new communities are proposed near Banwell, Churchill, Backwell and Nailsea. If the locations for these new communities are confirmed, the new North Somerset Local Plan will need to set out in more detail how the proposals will be planned and delivered.

Local residents are being invited to discuss, debate and contribute ideas towards how to plan for these new communities at four Local Plan drop-in events where planning and transport officers will be available to answer questions.

Residents can drop in any time during these sessions:

  • Wednesday 22 November – Churchill Primary School, 6pm-8.30pm
  • Wednesday 29 November – Banwell, Winscombe and Sandford Children’s Centre, 3pm-7pm
  • Thursday 30 November – Backwell Parish Hall, 4pm-8pm
  • Thursday 7 December – Nailsea Tithe Barn, 2pm-6.30pm.

You can also visit the Local Plan 2036 webpage at where you can see the information which will be available and find out how to join the discussion.

A draft of North Somerset’s new Local Plan will be published for consultation in the spring.