Consultation begins over development sites in Bath area

29 Jul 2013

29 July 2013

A new consultation exercise has begun on some of the detail of a wide-ranging planning blueprint for the Bath area.

People are being invited to comment on how they want to see individual sites and development zones exploited in future years.

Bath and North East Somerset Council has launched its Placemaking Plan, a document which looks at sites ripe for development from the city centre to rural parts of the Somer Valley.

The consultation exercise runs until September 20th.

The plan sets out detailed development principles and other policies for managing development within the context of the council’s core strategy.

Among the sites looked in the document are Manvers Street, Pinesway, and Avon Street in the centre of Bath, as well as South Road in Midsomer Norton and Old Mills and Paulton.

Among the questions posed by the council to the public are:

• How should sites relate to the surrounding environment and communities?

• How should new streets and spaces be connected to existing ones?

• What mixture of homes and jobs should be provided on which sites?

• What important views should be protected?

• How should we manage the changing nature of retailing?

• How do we ensure more low carbon development?

• How do we safeguard our high quality environments, and ensure high quality design?

The main purpose of the document is to spark debate and discussion about such detailed planning issues.

The feedback from the consultation will be used in further preparation of the Placemaking Plan. A series of events will take place in the autumn to keep people in the loop.

The consultation does not cover potential new areas of housing around Bath and Keynsham.

The document and comments form are available at www.bathnes.gov.uk/placemakingplan

Source: The Bath Chronicle