Last updated: Thursday, 14th November 2013
This page is for the Consultation on the Core Strategy Green Belt Amendments. If you are wanting to view the home page for the Core Strategy Examination please click here. There is also a page containing current and past news items, click here to view the Core Strategy News Achive.
Earlier this year the Council consulted on proposed changes to the Core Strategy including the identification of broad locations where land should be removed from the Green Belt to help meet the District’s needs for housing. These are at:
- Odd Down/South Stoke
- East Keynsham
- South West Keynsham
The Council’s plans are now being scrutinized by a Government Inspector and he has asked the Council to provide more details about these proposed developments.
In order to address the Inspector’s concerns around clarity of the proposals and housing delivery the Council has defined the boundaries of the five strategic sites. This includes amendments to the Green Belt boundaries. It was previously envisaged that this work would be undertaken in the Placemaking Plan but in light of the Inspector’s concerns, this work has been brought forward into the Core Strategy. This means that the strategic sites will now not be considered in the Placemaking Plan. Please note that these amendments do not relate to the principle of releasing land in these locations.
Comments are invited on the strategic site allocations and the placemaking principles relating to their development and to the related Green Belt boundary changes. You may also wish to comment on alternative site and boundary options. All changes will be tested through the Examination process.
These amendments are set out in a ‘Schedule of Core Strategy Amendments' (2.3 MB).
A significant amount of evidence base work has been done to inform site allocations and much of this was published on 13th September 2013 as part of the Examination process. This and any additional evidence informing the site allocation details are available via this link. The evidence is also available within the Core Documents List (Page 31, reference CD/10 onwards).
Also produced for this stage is an Addendum to the Sustainability Appraisal Report on the Proposed changes to the Submitted Core Strategy. This is available within the Core Documents List and directly below:
This consultation is your chance to submit your views for consideration by the Planning Inspector to inform the next stage of the examination.
The ‘Schedule of Core Strategy Amendments’ is published for comment between 11th November and 20th December 2013. Please note that only comments on the amendments or the rejected strategic site allocations will be accepted and that all comments will be made publically available.
All consultation documents, including the Schedule, comments form and guidance note and background evidence will be available here on Monday 11th November 2013.
If you wish to submit comments you are strongly encouraged to use the comment form (available in 2 parts below) and to submit it by email to email@example.com.
- Part 1: Fill in this part with your contact details (MS Word format), please note that this only needs to be completed once.
Part 2: Fill in this part with your comments (MS Word format), please use a separate copy of this form for each change you would like to comment on.
Alternatively, you can still write to us at the address below clearly stating which amendment your comments relate to
Planning Policy, Planning Services
Bath & North East Somerset Council
PO Box 5006
Bath, BA1 1JG
Hard copies of the comment form and other documents are available on request, and from the Council offices and libraries during opening hours, and at public consultation events. You may find the Core Strategy Newspaper, November 2013 (6.5) useful as well, it summarising the changes.
The consultation documents can also be viewed at the following locations during opening hours:
- Council offices
- The One Stop Shop, Manvers Street, Bath, BA1 1JG
- The Hollies, Midsomer Norton, Bath, BA3 2DP
- Riverside, Temple Street, Keynsham, Bristol, BS31 1LA
- At all public libraries in the District, including the mobile libraries
- At the public events (details below)
Please ensure your comments reach us no later than 5pm on Friday, 20th December 2013.
Comments received by this deadline will be forwarded to the Inspector for his consideration. Examination hearings to discuss the Green Belt sites are likely to be held in Spring 2014. The dates for these hearings will be published on the Council’s website www.bathnes.gov.uk/corestrategy.
Come to any one of our staffed exhibitions events at the locations listed below to find out more about the proposals and how to comment. The same material will be available at each event:
- Wednesday 13th November between 3.00pm and 5.00pm
- Wednesday 13th November - Odd Down, St Gregory’s College between 6.00pm and 8.00pm
- Thursday 14th November - Weston All Saints Centre* between 3.00pm and 7.00pm
- Tuesday 19th November - Whitchurch United Reformed Church between 3.00pm and 7.00pm
- Thursday 21st November - Keynsham Key Centre* between 3.00pm and 7.00pm
* Confirmed step-free access venues
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