bath and North East Somerset Local Development Framework Evidence Base

Contents:

  1. Introduction
  2. Context for the Evidence Base
  3. A to Z Links to Documents

31st July 2018


1. Introduction

This page presents a number of studies, reports and other documents commissed or produced to support the development of various Planning Policies.  

After a section giving some context for the Evidence Base you will find set of A to Z Links to the documents to make navigating through the list easier.

Documents are sorted alphabetically according to the title.  However, a number of keywords are included where helpful other relevant information (such as the subject).  You can therefore find documents by using your web-browser's in-page search function (press the [Ctrl] and [F] buttons).

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2. Context for the Evidence Base

The Bath & North East Somerset Local Development Framework (LDF) incorporating the Core Strategy and relevant documents of the Regeneration Delivery Plans (RDPs) will have a major impact on the District. This will include altering property values, improving access to housing, jobs, local services and provision of open space. There will be impacts on environmental or cultural assets and how the District contributes to mitigating and reducing climate change. It is therefore essential that the policy framework is based on a robust evidence base. The studies listed below are a starting point and conclusions will need to be tested through the evolution of the Core Strategy. The determination of the soundness of the Core Strategy will be dependent on the Council’s demonstration that the planning policy options selected are founded on an up to-date evidence base and backed up by appropriate information.

A number of topic based studies have therefore been undertaken and others are in preparation. Some of these studies provide data whilst others suggest a strategy to the Council. These strategies will be taken into account in formulation of the council’s policy documents and will be progressively released as they are completed. The publication of these studies is not an endorsement by the Council as the emerging policy documents may or may not accept the recommendations. Furthermore, some of the studies have tested different development scenarios in order to assess the relative impacts. Testing these scenarios does not imply endorsement by the Council.

In preparing the Core Strategy and RDPs, the Council will assess the various recommendations arising from the various topic based studies and formulate a co-ordinated policy framework. The Council will therefore not consult directly on the studies.  Instead, there will be wide community engagement on how the Council responds to the studies through the LDF/RDP work.

These studies will be used to inform the development of the policy and delivery framework up until 2026 and it will be necessary to review them in due course in conjunction with future policy reviews to take account of changing circumstances.  Some of these studies have been prepared within the last few years since when there has been a significant change in economic circumstances. The evolution of this Core Strategy will take time and studies will need reviewing and updating to take account of this change. The developing policy options will need to take account of this change and some of the studies will need to be updated as a consequence.

This page gives access to studies that form part of the LDF / RDP Evidence Base via topic papers, direct links or links within summary documents grouped by subject.

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3. A to Z links to Documents

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

A

  1. Access to Rural Services Study (May 2009)
  2. Access to Rural Services Study Appendix (May 2009)
  3. Affordable Housing Viability Study (10 MB), Andrew Golland Associates, December 2012
  4. Air Quality Management Area and Action Plan for Bath (2011).  For more information please visit the Air Quality section of the Council's website by clicking here [Additional Keywords: Environment]
  5. Air Quality Management Area in Keynsham (July 2010) [Additional Keywords: Environment] 
  6. Analysis and synthesis of evidence on the effects of investment in six Cycling Demonstration Towns (November 2009), published by the Department for Transport.  Source page: Department for Transport (External site) [Additional Keywords: Transport] 

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B

    1. Bath Building Height Strategy (September 2010) [Additional Keywords: Landscape; Urban Design]: Part 1 - Executive SummaryPart 2 - The Bath ContextPart 3 - StrategyPart 4 - Appendices.
    2. Bath Business Plan (2005) [Additional Keywords: Economic]
    3. Bath City Wide Character Appraisal SPD (August 2005) [Additional Keywords: Heritage; Landscape; Urban Design]
    4. Bath Compensatory Storage Study Phase 1 - Report (2011);  Appendix A; and Note on Reviewed Flood Storage Volume used as the basis for the WYG Bath Compensatory Storage Study Phase 1  [Additional Keywords: Flooding]
    5. Bath Conservation Area: Commercial signage and tables and chairs on the highway - Design and Conservation Guidance (2016) [Additional Keywords: Heritage; Urban Design]
    6. Bath Flood Risk Management Project - Letter of Compliance (Environment Agency) and Technical Note (2013)
    7. Bath Morphological Study, May 2015 
    8. The Bath Pattern Book: Part 1 (25 MB)Part 2 (20 MB)  [Additional Keywords: Heritage; Landscape; Urban Design] 
    9. The Bath Pattern Book: Street Furniture Pattern Book Design Guide (33 MB) [Additional Keywords: Heritage; Landscape; Urban Design]
    10. Bath City Information System Pattern Book – Part 1 (39 MB)Part 2 (38 MB)Part 3 (20 MB)Part 4 (3.5 MB) [Additional Keywords: Heritage; Landscape; Urban Design]
    11. The Bath Pattern Book: Lighting Strategy [Additional Keywords: Heritage; Landscape; Urban Design]
    12. Bath River Avon Economy (Summer 2011) [Additional Keywords: Economic, Environment] 
    13. Bath Western Riverside Affordable Housing Scheme
    14. Bath Western Riverside Development Area Environmental Statement Non-Technical Summary, Hepher Dixon (April 2006) 
    15. Bath Western Riverside Development Area Section 106 Agreement (December 2010)
    16. Bath Western Riverside Outline Decision 
    17. Bath (Weston) Ecological Survey and Assessment (2013) - Report produced by Bristol Regional Environmental Records Centre (BRERC) for the Council [Additional Keywords: Environment]
    18. Bats Radio Tracking Study at the Combe Down Stone Mines (Summer and Autumn 2000) [Additional Keywords: Environment]  
    19. Bats Surveys at Land Adjoining Weston (July 2013) [Additional Keywords: Environment] 
    20. Bath Transportation Package (2006) [Additional Keywords: Transport] 
    21. Bats Walkover Survey and Assessment Report - Weston Slopes/Sulis Manor (February 2013) [Additional Keywords: Environment]
    22. Business Growth & Employment Land Study (March 2009) [Additional Keywords: Economic] 
    23. Business Growth & Employment Land Study update (June 2010) [Additional Keywords: Economic] 

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    C

    1. CABE Urban Extensions Workshop (July 2008)  [Additional Keywords: Heritage; Landscape; Urban Design]
    2. Cadbury Somerdale Planning Position Statement (BNP Paribas, March 2011)
    3. City of Bath Mission Report (5-7 November 2008), UNESCO World Heritage Committee, Thirty-third session, Seville, Spain 20 - 30 June 2009 CIVITAS renaissance project (2010)
    4. Code for Sustainable Homes (external link) [Additional Keywords: Environment; Sustainability]
    5. Costs of building to the Code for Sustainable Homes: ReportResults (MS Excel Spreadsheet) [Additional Keywords: Environment; Sustainability]
    6. Community and Parish Plans
    7. Community Strategy for Bath & North East Somerset (2004), BE: Better for Everyone 
    8. Concept Option Reports, Ove Arup & Partners, April 2013. Please take note of the file sizes shown in brackets as these files are large.  [Additional Keywords: Environment; Landscape; Urban Design]
    9. Core Strategy Sequential and Exceptions Tests, November 2010Appendix B Part 1Appendix B Part 2;
    10. Core Strategy Flood Risk and Sequential Test Update, March 2013.
    11. Core Strategy Topic Paper 1 – Core Strategy Preparation Process
    12. Core Strategy Topic Paper 2 – Overall Strategy
    13. Core Strategy Topic Paper 3 – Climate Change [Additional Keywords: Environment]
    14. Core Strategy Topic Paper 4 – Flood Risk and Management [Additional Keywords: Environment]
    15. Core Strategy Topic Paper 5 – Affordable Housing
    16. Core Strategy Topic Paper 6 – World Heritage Site & its Setting
    17. Core STrategy Topic Paper 7 - Keynsham and Somer Valley Site Capacities
    18. Core Strategy Topic Paper 8 - Central Bath/River Corridor Site Capacities and Delivery [Additional Keywords: Environment]
    19. Core Strategy Topic Paper 9 - Housing and Employment Provision
    20. Core Strategy Transport Evaluation Report, Ove Arup & Partners Ltd, Februrary 2013
    21. Cotswolds AONB Management Plan (March 2008) – External Site

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    D

    1. Destination Management Plan (October 2007) [Additional Keywords: Recreation]
    2. District Heating Opportunity Assessment Study (November 2010): Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5. [Additional Keywords: Sustainability]

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    E

    1. Economic Prediction and the Planning Process, South West Regional Observatory and the South West Regional Development Agency (January 2011) 
    2. Economic Strategy (2010)
    3. Energy Minerals Topic Paper, 2014

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    F

    1. The Future for Bath and North East Somerset (2006) [Additional Keywords: Economic]  
    2. Flood Risk Management Study: 
    3. Future Housing Growth Requirements to 2026 (September 2010)

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    G

    1. Geological Instability and Undermining Study, Arup (March 2010) [Additional Keywords: Environment]
    2. Great Western Mainline Route Utilisation Strategy (March 2010) – Source page (External site) [Additional Keywords: Transport]
    3. Green Belt Review - Stage 1 Report (February 2013), Ove Arup & Partners Ltd [Additional Keywords: Environment]
    4. Green Belt Review - Assessment of Potential Extensions to the Green Belt [Additional Keywords: Environment]
    5. Green Belt Review - Stage 2 Appraisal of Land Cell Options for Development [Additional Keywords: Environment]
    6. Green Space Strategy (December 2015) [Additional Keywords: Environment; Recreation]
    7. Green Space Strategy Appendix 1, Appendix 2,
    8. Green Belt Strategic Review: Final ReportAppendices 1 to 3Appendix 4Appendix 5Appendix 6Appendix 7Appendix 8Appendix 9Appendix 10Appendix 11 [Additional Keywords: Environment]
    9. Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment (1 MB), Opinion Research Services, December 2012 [Additional Keywords: Housing]
    10. Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment - West of England (October 2007): Executive SummaryReport; Appendices  [Additional Keywords: Housing]
    11. Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment - Bath & North East Somerset (December 2012)  [Additional Keywords: Housing]

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    H

    1. Heritage Asset Study, Land Use Consultants, BaRAS & Conservation Studio (September 2013): Main Report; Appendix 1: Ensleigh; Appendix 2: Weston; Appendix 3: Odd Down; Appendix 4: South West Keynsham; Appendix 5: Whitchurch; Appendix 6: East Keynsham; Appendix 7: General development impacts and mitigation measures in relation to archaeology [Additional Keywords: Urban Design] 

    2. Heritage At-Risk Register – External site (Historic England) 

    3. Historic Environmental Research studies by Mike Chapman (2014) [Additional Keywords: Heritage] 
    4. Housing and Major Projects Policy Development and Scrutiny Panel Report (November 15th 2011)
    5. Housing Need and Afordability Assessment - West of England (May 2005)
    6. Housing Strategy for Older People: The Key to Independence (June 2008)
    7. Housing and Wellbeing Strategy 2010-2015 (2010) 

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    I

    1. The Infrastructure Delivery Programme (November 2017) [Additional Keywords: Economic] 
    2. The Impact of Affordable Rents on the Viability of Residential Development with Affordable Housing Planning Obligations (June 2011)

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    K

    1. Keynsham - Boyer Planning: Implementation Strategy, land south of Park Road, Keynsham (October 2009)
    2. Keynsham - Boyer Planning: Proof of Evidence, Public Inquiry for land south of Park Road, Keynsham (May 2011)
    3. Keynsham (East) Ecological Survey and Assessment Report and Map - undertaken by Nicholas Pearson Associates on behalf of, and commissioned, by MacTaggart & Mickel Homes Ltd and are published on the website with their permission [Additional Keywords: Environment]
    4. Keynsham (South West) Ecological Survey and Assessment (2013) - Report produced by Bristol Regional Environmental Records Centre (BRERC) for the Council [Additional Keywords: Environment]
    5. Keynsham Town Centre Development Proposals (August 2010) [Additional Keywords: Urban Design]
    6. Keynsham Town Plan, Keynsham Town Council (2004) [Additional Keywords: Urban Design]
    7. Keynsham Regeneration Project (March 2011) [Additional Keywords: Urban Design]
    8. Keynsham Regeneration Scheme and Workplace Programme – Cabinet Report Item 15 (December 2011) [Additional Keywords: Urban Design]

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    L

    1. Landscape Sensitivity Analysis for Wind Energy Development, December 2010 [Additional Keywords: Environment, Sustainability]
    2. Landscape and Visual Issues for Areas with Technical Potential for Wind Energy Development, July 2011 [Additional Keywords: Environment, Sustainability]
      1. Local Cultural Strategy (October 2007) [Additional Keywords: Recreation]
      2. Local Economic Assessment (May 2010)
      3. Laying the Foundations: A Housing Strategy for England, Department for Communities and Local Government (November 2011)
      4. Keynsham East Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment, 2013
      5. Keynsham South Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment, 2013

      6. Whitchurch Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment, 2013

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      M

      1. Mendip Hills AONB Management Plan (2009) - External Site [Additional Keywords: Environment]
      2. Midsomer Norton and Radstock Area Community Plan (2007)
      3. Midsomer Norton Town Centre Development Proposals (June 2010)
      4. MoD Concept Statements - the Council have worked with the MoD and key stakeholders to produce Concept Statements for each of the three Bath MoD sites

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      P

      1. Potential problems in the Bath and North East Somerset Council and surrounding area with respect to hydrocarbon and other exploration and production, British Geological Survey, 2012 [Additional Keywords: Minerals]
      2. Play Strategy (2006) and Play Policy Summary.  Further information is available on the Play Strategy webpage elsewhere on the website. [Additional Keywords: Recreation]
      3. Playing Pitch Assessment (2003) [Additional Keywords: Recreation] 

      4. Public Realm and Movement Strategy: Creating the Canvas for Public Life in Bath (July 2010)

         [Additional Keywords: Urban Design] 

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      R

      1. Radstock and Westfield Big Local Trust fund (2010) – External site
      2. Residential Review (December 2007) [Additional Keywords: Housing] 
      3. Retail Floor Space Capacity Assessment (GVA, 2011) - Report and Appendices.
      4. Retail Strategy ReportAnnex A: Quantitative Need for New Retail Development and Annex B: Retail Review and Customer Profile Report.  
      5. Retail Study of Bath & North East Somerset 2014 –  Stage 1 Interim Report (November 2014) and Stage 2 Report (July 2015) 
      6. Renewable Energy Research and Planning, June 2009 [Additional Keywords: Sustainability] 
      7. Renewable Energy and Planning Research update, November 2010 [Additional Keywords: Sustainability] 
      8. Rural Landscapes of Bath and North East Somerset, A Landscape Character Assessment Supplementart Planning Document, 2003 (Please note that this is 7.4 MB)

      9. Rural Masterplanning Fund – Winning Projects (February 2010) – External site

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      S

      1. Smart Economic Growth Cabinet Report (November 2010)
      2. Smart Economic Growth for B&NES – Achieving a Higher Growth Economic Scenario to 2026, GWE Business West (May 2011)

      3. Somerdale Landscape Framework (LDA Design/Cadbury, June 2009) 

        [Additional Keywords: Urban Design] 

      4. Somerdale Vision (LDA Design/Cadbury, March 2009) [Additional Keywords: Urban Design] 
      5. South West Nature Map (2007) – External Site [Additional Keywords: Environment] 
      6. South West Regional Flood Risk Appraisal, February 2007

      7. Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (SFRA)
        1. All reports are available to download below, please note that due to the file sizes and format, the associated maps for Level 1 are not currently available on the website.   The Level 1 SFRA including maps can be viewed in Council offices, on request.
        2. District-wide SFRA, Level 1 (April 2008)
          1. SFRA Level 1 for B&NES Executive Summary, Capita Symonds 
          2. SFRA Level 1 for B&NES Technical Report - this outlines assumptions and processes used to prepare the flood risk information 
          3. SFRA Level 1 for B&NES User guide - this contains procedures and protocols for using the technical information and also an assessment of flood risk at a number of allocated development sites 
          4. SFRA Level 1 for B&NES User Guide - Appendix A 
          5. SFRA Level 1 for B&NES Management Guide - this provides a summary of procedures and protocols for management and maintenance of the SFRA document and supporting data and models
        3. Settlement Specific SFRA, Level 2 (July 2009) - 

          The Level 2 SFRA provides additional information by settlement, providing greater understanding of the factors contributing to flooding in the main settlements. This provides guidance for Plan-Making and Development Management.  

          The Level 2 SFRA is divided into three parts by settlements: Bath, Keynsham and Midsomer Norton & Radstock. The SFRA Report and key maps are available below:

          1. SFRA Level 2 for Bath (July 2009): 

            Report; Key Map - Map F Flood Zone; Key Map - Map FF Functional flood plain; Key Map - Map A2 Flood depthKey Map - Map A3 Velocity; Key Map - Map C Climate change; Key Map - Map L Surface water flooding.

          2. SFRA Level 2 for Keynsham (May 2009): Report; Key Map - Map F Flood Zone; Key Map - Map FF Functional flood plain; Key Map - Map A2 Flood depth; Key Map - Map A3 Velocity; Key Map - Map C Climate change; Key Map - Map L Surface water flooding.
        4. SFRA Level 2 for Midsomer Norton and Radstock (July 2009): Report; Update, Capita Symonds, June 2011; Key Map - Map F Flood Zone; Key Map - Map FF Functional flood plain; Key Map - Map A2 Flood depth; Key Map - Map A3 VelocityKey Map - Map C Climate changeKey Map - Map L Surface water flooding.
      8. Strategic Housing Market Assessments (SHMA)
      9. Student Numbers & Accommodation (July 2013) [Additional Keywords: Housing]
      10. Sustainable Community Strategy (2009)
      11. Sustainability and residential property valuation, Royal Institute for Chartered Surveyors information paper, November 2011
      12. Surface Mining Resource Areas in B&NES, Coal Authority (2009) [Additional Keywords: Environment]

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      U

      1. Urban Design Led Review of Bath City Centre Sites (May 2009)
      2. Urban Design Led Review of BWR East/Green Park Station, Bath (April 2009)

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      V

      1. Viability Study (June 2010)Update (December 2012) [Additional Keywords: Housing]
      2. Viability Validation Study (April 2011) [Additional Keywords: Housing]
      3. Visitor Accommodation Study (December 2009) Report and Appendices.  Please note that Appendix item 6 of the Visitor Accommodation Study is confidential and is not available in the appendices. [Additional Keywords: Economic; Tourism]

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      W

      1. West of England Joint Study Area Second Report – Appendix 18: Strategic Appraisal of Green Belt in the West of England (2006) [Additional Keywords: Environment; Regional]
      2. West of England Local Aggregates Assessment (LAA), 2014 [Additional Keywords: Minerals]
      3. West of England Local Economic Assessment (LEA) (December 2011)  - External Link [Additional Keywords: Economic; Regional]
      4. Wider Bath and North East Somerset Business Plan (June 2006) [Additional Keywords: Economic]
      5. WILDthings Biodiversity Action Plan (2006) – External Site [Additional Keywords: Environment]
      6. World Heritage Site (WHS) Setting and AONB Landscape and Visual Impact Assessments

        1. WHS Setting and AONB Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment for Eastern / North Eastern Slopes at Weston; and WHS Setting and AONB Landscape and Visual Assessment for Additional Fields at Upper Weston Adjacent to Broadmoor Lane 
        2. WHS Setting and AONB Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment for Land Adjoining Odd Down

        3. WHS Setting and Assessment for West of Twerton 
        4. WHS Setting and AONB Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment for Land at Ensleigh 

      7. World Heritage Site Management Plan (September 2016) 

        [Additional Keywords: Landscape; Urban Design]

      8. World Heritage Site Setting Study (October 2009) [Additional Keywords: Landscape; Urban Design]

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