Public consultation offers the chance to help shape
the future of the South West region
The Draft RSS is now available to view at all main libraries, all local authority main offices (county, district and unitary), the SWRA secretariat in Taunton, and online from www.southwest-ra.gov.uk
Copies are also available from the SWRA secretariat on
01823 270101 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Consultation runs for 12 weeks from 6 June 2006 to 30 August 2006 and comments on the Draft Strategy should be sent to the Panel Secretary (not the Regional Assembly). Consultation responses will be received by an independent panel and will help inform discussions at the Examination in Public (EiP) due to take place in spring 2007.
In summary, the RSS will set the regional context for planning in the South West until 2026. Once adopted, the Strategy will: guide the planning process at a local level - in District Local Development Frameworks; help deliver the region's aims set out in the Integrated Regional Strategy; include a Regional Transport Strategy to guide investment in transport; provide policy guidance on issues ranging from minerals extraction and waste treatment to economic development and affordable housing, health, culture, environment; and include District level housing numbers.
The Draft RSS recognises that the South West is one of the fastest growing of all the English regions, and is set to continue to grow. The main thrust behind the Strategy is the importance of creating a sustainable region, reducing the need to commute long distances, recognising the differences which exist in the region, encouraging economic growth, realising potential and focusing the majority of development in the urban centres, but balancing this with some development in rural areas and at market towns.
The publication of the Draft RSS follows more than two years worth of work, during that time the South West Regional Assembly has undertaken a comprehensive programme of consultation and engagement on the emerging Strategy. The Regional Assembly has worked with Councillors and Officers from the 51 Authorities in the South West, members of the business community, voluntary and community groups and a wide variety of stakeholders on the ground to develop this Draft of the RSS.
Commenting on the Draft RSS, Julian Johnson, chair of the Assembly's Regional Spatial Planning and Transport Group said:
'We all know that the region will not stay the same over the next 20 years. The region will continue to develop,and this growth and change needs to be managed. The Draft Regional Spatial Strategy, which has been developed during an extensive process of consultation and engagement over more than two years, is an opportunity to achieve real improvements in the South West.
There are of course many elements to the Draft RSS, but at its core it aims to support a more sustainable region and sustainable communities within it, ensuring we have enough housing in the right places, making real inroads into reducing the need to travel by car, guiding investment to deal with disadvantage, ensuring we have thriving communities both rural and urban and utilising positive planning to support a growing economy. Whilst protecting the environment and quality of life which makes the region such a popular place to live, work and visit.
I hope that anyone who has a passion for their region will take this opportunity to look at the Draft Strategy, think about how you see your area and living your life in the South West over the next 20 years and send your comments to the Panel Secretary.'
Once the consultation period on the Draft RSS has finished, there will be an Examination in Public (EiP) before an independent Panel appointed by the Secretary of State. All consultation responses will be taken into account and will be used to help determine the matters to be discussed at the EiP. It is anticipated that revised RSS will be issued in early 2008.
The Draft RSS and copies of all the maps can be viewed online at www.southwest-ra.gov.uk
Included below for your information is:
--District housing allocations
(2006-2026 Overall Annual Average Net Dwelling Requirement)
--The region's aims as set out in the Integrated Regional Strategy
For more information or to arrange an interview contact Drew Aspinwall, Senior Communications Officer on 01823 425265 / 07841 214687 or email email@example.com
The region's aims as set out in the Integrated Regional Strategy - Just Connect!
--To harness the benefits of population growth and manage the implications of population change
--To enhance our economic prosperity and quality of employment opportunity
--To address deprivation and disadvantage to reduce significant intraregional inequalities
--To make sure that people are treated fairly and can participate fully in society
--To enhance our distinctive environments and the quality and diversity of
our cultural life
District housing allocations (2006-2026 Overall Annual Average Net Dwelling Requirement)
District housing allocations2006 - 2026
Overall Annual Average Net Dwelling Requirement
BATH AND NORTH EAST SOMERSET 775
NORTH SOMERSET 1,300
SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE 1,150
FOREST OF DEAN270
SALISBURY DISTRICT AREA460
BOURNEMOUTH680 - 780
POOLE 450 - 500
CHRISTCHURCH 165 - 180
EASTDORSET IN JSA260
ELSEWHERE IN EAST DORSET DISTRICT10
WEST DORSET 410
WEYMOUTH & PORTLAND 280
ISLES OF SCILLY*5
NORTH DEVON **405
EAST DEVON 570
ELSEWHERE IN EXETER JSA (Exeter City/East Devon/ Teignbridge)75
MID DEVON ***320
SOUTH HAMS ***550
DARTMOOR NATIONAL PARK*50
TORBAY UNITARY AUTHORITY 500
SOUTH SOMERSET DISTRICT 680
TAUNTON DEANE 865
EXMOOR NATIONAL PARK*20
22,895 - 23,060