12 Jan 2016

Housing and Planning

Housing consultation roadshows in Bristol this week

People from Bristol can give their views about future local housing and transport provision at roadshows in the city centre and Whitchurch this week.

The West of England’s four local councils have launched a series of roadshows to help shape the Joint Spatial Plan and Transport Study being developed for the area.

Organisers have set up a number of public events across the area, giving local residents the opportunity to assess the options and help determine infrastructure for future generations.

The West of England is growing and economically successful: the area is worth around £26bn a year to the UK economy and forecasting shows that 95,000 jobs are anticipated for creation by 2036.

If the West of England is to remain economically successful, it is important to have the homes and transport in the right place to accommodate future growth in a sustainable way.

The roadshows in the city centre and Whitchurch this week follow others around the city since November, including Hartcliffe, Lockleaze, Withywood and Brislington, as well as in South Gloucestershire, North Somerset and Bath.

People can attend the events at the following locations and times:
- Bristol Central Library, College Green, on Wednesday, 13 January, from 12 - 2pm.
- Whitchurch Village Community Centre, on Thursday, 14 January, from 4 - 6pm

George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol, said: “My ultimate goal is to make Bristol one of the world’s most liveable cities. It is therefore encouraging that we are working as a city region, planning across local authority boundaries to deliver the affordable housing, land for business growth and the necessary transport and community infrastructure we need to create sustainable communities.

“We need to do this whilst protecting our natural environment both within the city and in the surrounding areas.

"This consultation is a great opportunity for people from across the West of England to find out more about the possible options and let us know what they think, and I look forward to hearing people’s views.”

For those who are unable to attend the roadshow, there are a number of other ways people can share their views including: local events, briefing sessions, providing views in writing and online.

If residents are committed to striking the right balance between quality of life and economic growth, then it is vital to get involved before the close date on Friday, 29 January 2016.

Locals can also follow the consultation on Twitter @WEjointplanning and join the discussion using the hashtag #WEbuildourfuture