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Hello from Lisa

Welcome to Latest News from the Development Directorate.  

Once again Building Control Awards are underway and we look forward congratulating the successful entrants.  The ongoing development of our Planning Policy framework continues apace with the focus shifting from the Placemaking Plan towards preparing the new Local Plan.  I am also pleased that we have adopted the new HMO Supplementary Planning Document.

Reflecting on 2017, I am delighted that the performance of the Development Management Team has continued to improve throughout the year and we are seeing some excellent schemes delivered on the ground. 

Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year!

Lisa Bartlett

Divisional Director - Development

Planning application fee changes take effect on 17 January 2018

Parliamentary approval has been given to legislation that will increase fees by 20 per cent in England.  The changes will come into force on 17 January 2018.  The new regulations can be viewed here.

Building Control Awards

The entries for our annual Building Control Awards are currently being evaluated by our judges. We have two sets of awards, one for design quality and the other for build quality. There are four categories in each – domestic extension, new dwellings, public/commercial buildings and works to a listed building. For more details and to see a list of previous years’ winners please go to

Building Control live on Twitter

If you want to receive useful updates and guidance about building work, building regulations and generally all things Building Control then follow us on Twitter @bcbathnes

Pre-Application Charge Changes from 1st December 2017

Remember from 1st December 2017 the Planning Pre-Application charges and the pricing structure categorisation has changed.  For details please follow the link.

New Local Plan (2016 – 2036)Local Plan 2016-2036 cover image

The new Local Plan (2016 – 2036) Issues and Options document was agreed for consultation between 22nd November 2017 and 10th January 2018.  At this stage the options are focussing on:
1. Vision & Priorities
2. Where new development should be located
3. Strategic Development Locations
4. University growth and student accommodation requirements

There will further periods of issues and options consultation and engagement starting in the Spring of next year.

Neighbourhood Planning

Whitchurch Village Neighbourhood Plan has passed the referendum and ‘made’ (brought into legal force) through Cabinet on 6th December 2017.  It is now part of the development plan and carries full weight in the determination of planning applications.

Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs)

The revised HMO SPD is now adopted following the Cabinet decision on 8th November and is already being implemented. All relevant is on the website  The 10% threshold map can be viewed via District online.

Joint Spatial Plan (JSP)WOE Joint Spatial Plan cover image

All four West of England UAS have agreed that the Joint Spatial Plan ready for publication on 22nd November 2017.  This is a significant milestone.  It sets out the strategic planning framework for the West of England to guide development for the next 20 years.  For further information and to comment on the Joint Spatial Plan, visit

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

The Council has received a record CIL income this year of around £4 million.  How it will be spent will be agreed through the budget process in February 2018.

WaterSpace Project

Following the completion of the WaterSpace Study earlier this year, a series of projects are now underway, including:
•Preparation of an informal design guide to protect bat habitats in Waterside Development (focusing on the River Avon in Bath)
•Production of a River Avon Park Management & Maintenance Plan has commenced
•A series of litter picks have led to almost 60 bin liners of rubbish and recycling being collected from the waterways
Over the last nine months the WaterSpace project has secured over £61,000 of external grants for environmental projects such as £5k to support access and angling improvements at Kensington Meadows in Bath.

The WaterSpace team hosted an event to celebrate World Town Planning day on 6th October 2018 and the Partnership has also been providing advice to other councils seeking to start similar waterways improvement and regeneration projects.

Bath Quays Waterside is now open, check out our animation which explains how it works as a park and city flood defence:
Follow us on twitter at @waterspacebath

Fond Farewells

Vincent Lynch - Planning Policy Officer


Sasha Berezina and Anna Jotcham - Maternity leave (both had baby girls)

Edward Allsop - Planning Officer (Secondment)

New Faces

Dominic Battrick - Planning Officer

Helen Ellison - Planning & Conservation Officer

Chris Masters - Technical Support Officer

James Perryman - Technical Support Officer

Last updated: December 2017

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