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Views sought on region's future
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More than 3,000 home per year are planned for the Bristol area
Views are being sought on how land and the transport infrastructure in the Bristol area can be developed.

The West of England Partnership, made up of four local authorities, wants input on how to develop the local economy, housing and transport.

Councillor Mike Roe, chair of the Partnership, said: "We urge every resident, business and community organisation to have their say."

The aim is to map a strategy for the area for the next 25 years.

The councils which form the partnership - Bath & North East Somerset Council, Bristol City Council, North Somerset Council and South Gloucestershire Council - want to draw up a plan to help the Bristol area cope with population growth over the next quarter of a century.

It is forecast that 3,700 homes will have to be built in the 'sub region' each year.

This will put more pressure on an already creaking transport and services infrastructure.

Cllr Roe said: "We are looking to create more sustainable communities, in other words, create areas where people's homes, leisure and education are in near reach of where they want to work."

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The Partnership specifically wants input on what would happen if:

  • Development was focused on South Bristol and North Somerset

  • Sustainable communities were developed to the north and east of Bristol - around the M4 and east of the A4174 ring road.

  • More dispersed development took place around smaller towns outside Bristol, Bath and Weston.

    The consultation document was unveiled at the same time as the Government Office for the South West launched the latest consultation stage of the Greater Bristol Strategic Transport Study.

    This study, supported by the same four local authorities, looks at the transport needs of the Greater Bristol area up to 2031.

    Among possible schemes are improvements to public transport and measures to restrict car use, such as the introduction of toll roads and increased parking charges.

    The study has also identified 12 'road corridors' where improvements need to be made.




  • SEE ALSO:
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    02 Dec 03 |  Bristol/Somerset
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    12 Nov 03 |  Bristol/Somerset
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