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Welcome to Latest News from the Development Directorate.  

I must say a special thank you to Cleo Newcombe-Jones for successfully completing the WaterSpace Study which has resulted in significant funding for improvement projects along the River Avon corridor though B&NES. Well done Cleo!

I was also very pleased that the Conservation Areas @50 event was such a success.  The presentations from 7 speakers, workshops and site visits to Bathwick and Lower Lansdown and Camden conservation character areas resulted in a varied and comprehensive event.  This was a brilliant opportunity for everyone involved in conservation to showcase best practice in planning and conservation with a focus on the Bath Conservation Area and the character area appraisal work in progress. Thank you to Paula Freeland for our involvement in the Historic England Conservation Areas @50 event.

And finally, I hope you will consider joining us on one of the walking events organised through the Bathscape Walking Festival during September.

Lisa Bartlett

Divisional Director - Development

Pre-Application Charge Changes 1st December 2017

Please note from 1st December 2017 the Planning Pre-Application charges and the pricing structure categorisation will be changing.  For details please follow the link.

Placemaking Plan

The Placemaking Plan was adopted in July of this year. It now forms part of the statutory Development Plan for B&NES to be used in the determination of planning applications. An interim version of the adopted plan can be found on the Council’s website via the link below. The final version will be published soon.

Neighbourhood Planning

Whitchurch Neighbourhood Development Plan – following public consultation on the Draft Plan it is currently being examined by an independent examiner. It is anticipated the plan will progress towards referendum later this year.
The latest position on other Neighbourhood Development Plans can be found here:

Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs)

The Council adopted the Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) in July 2013. The aim of the SPD is to avoid high concentrations of HMOs in the interests of an appropriately balanced housing mix across the city. The Council is reviewing the SPD and a draft of the revised SPD is currently subject to public consultation. Further details on the proposed revisions to the SPD and how to respond to the consultation can be found here:

New Validation Requirement for Planning Applications

Following adoption of the Placemaking Plan in July, we have introduced a new validation requirement called ‘Accessibility Standards for Market Housing Proposals Checklist’.  Applications which create dwellings, including conversions, will need to complete a checklist to demonstrate to the Council that enhanced accessibility standards in accordance with Placemaking Plan Policy H7 have been met.  Policy H7 reflects the Optional Technical standard 4(2) in the Building Regulations Approved Document M.  For more information please see the Local Planning Applications Requirements and the H7 Policy

Bathscape Landscape Partnership

The aim of Bathscape Landscape Partnership is to reconnect people with Bath’s unique landscape.  Working through our partnership and involving different groups, we are organising a range of activities and events to encourage greater public use, enjoyment and appreciation of the natural world and its historic setting such as the Bathscape Walking Festival.  This runs from September 16th to 24th to celebrate the nature, heritage and views within easy reach of the city. Visitors and residents of Bath are invited to join one of the 30+ free walks and events for all ages and abilities.
It is intended that the Bathscape Walking Festival will become an annual event, subject to a successful round two application to the Heritage Lottery Fund.
More info from Lucy Bartlett ( 01225 477265)

Historic England Conference: Conservation Areas @ 50Cover image Developing a character appraisal event Sept 2017

As part of this celebration of 50th anniversary of the Civic Amenities Act that established conservation areas, Historic England organised a Historic Environment Local Management (HELM) conference in Bath for conservation practitioners to look particularly at conservation areas best practice in planning and with a focus on Bath Conservation Area and the character appraisal work in progress.
There were a range of speakers including Historic England, Bath Preservation Trust and representatives of B&NES Planning and Conservation teams. The event included site visits, presentations and workshops.
It was an excellent opportunity to look at different ways of presenting the importance of our conservation areas and also to look at the work in progress in Bath.  If you would like more information about this, please contact Paula Freeland at Bath and North East Somerset Council.

WaterSpace Study

The WaterSpace Study is now completed. The first Annual Review of the WaterSpace Partnership together with our five year plan for action and projects (2017-2022) has now been published
During July, a street furniture audit of the River path and Parks in Bath was completed which will help prioritise action and investment. A series of community litter picks have also been organized to clean up the river towpath in central Bath, in partnership with local groups and delivered by volunteers.
Over the last six months the WaterSpace project has secured over £20,000 of external grants for environmental projects in the B&NES area. These are now being delivered alongside the Capital works which form part of the River Corridor Fund programme.

Fond Farewells

Alfred La Vardera - Finance Officer

Vikki Griffin - Planning Officer


Suraiya Ferdous - CIL/S106 Monitoring Officer (Secondment)

New Faces

George Blanchard - Planning Officer (Neighbourhood Planning)

Tom Boyle - Planning Enforcement Officer

Last updated: September 2017

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