In a letter dated August 1st, Government Planning Inspectors advised the local authorities for Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Bath and North East Somerset to withdraw their Joint Spatial Plan and take it back to the drawing board.
Welcoming the comments from the Planning Inspectors, John Penrose MP said:
“This is a huge win. I and others have been campaigning for ages, saying the plans weren’t properly thought through, and that the new Council should honour its promise to change them. Now the planning inspectors have forced them to do the right thing, we have a chance to get the plans right at last.”
John’s original letter expressing concerns about the JSP in 2017 and calling for a bold rethink can be found here.
John’s calls for the plan to focus on Weston’s current transport and infrastructure problems rather than justifying garden villages can be found here.
John has been involved in village meetings, petitions and protests since the plans were released in 2017, such as this one here.