West of England Joint Spatial Plan Review

University of Bristol

On behalf of the University of Bristol, HJA undertook a critical review of the evidence relating to proposed housing numbers underpinning the West of England Joint Spatial Plan.

The University of Bristol needed to conduct a review of the evidence base underpinning the proposed housing numbers in the West of England Joint Spatial Plan (JSP). HJA was appointed to undertake a critical review of the evidence base and deliver an assessment of its robustness.

The supporting evidence for the JSP had been set out within the Wider Bristol Housing Market Assessment, published in 2015. Having analysed the report, we found that there were two potential areas of weakness in the evidence base. We detailed how these factors would impact the original forecast for housing requirement in the JSP, and provided a rationale for why the headline figure should be higher.

Our work enabled the client to understand why the housing figure for the Wider Bristol Housing Market Area would likely rise above the figure of 85,000 over the plan period.