New homes near you?

Looking down from Kelston Hill.
Looking down from Kelston Hill.

Local people are being encouraged by Bath & North East Somerset Council to have their say on proposed changes to the Core Strategy  which sets out the number of homes to be built up to 2029.

Ten public events will be held where people are welcome to attend to find out more about the changes, submit their comments, and get involved in the examination process. All the consultation documents, including a comment form, are available on the Council’s website or its offices at Manvers Street – BathThe Hollies – Midsomer Norton, and Riverside – Keynshamduring opening hours, and at all libraries.

People have from 26th March 2013 until 5pm on 8th May to submit their comments to the Council that will then be passed onto the Inspector for his consideration.

Councillor Tim Ball (Lib-Dem, Twerton), Cabinet Member for Homes and Planning, said, “Everyone at Bath & North East Somerset Council appreciates the strong feelings that local people have about the Core Strategy. This is the chance for residents to have their say about the future of their community. We are putting on a wide range of engagement events for people to find out more and submit informed comments to the Council to pass onto the Inspector.”

  • Monday 8th April, 4.30 – 7pm, Whitchurch Village Hall
  • Wednesday 10th April, 4.30 – 7pm, South Stoke Parish Hall
  • Thursday 11th April, 4.30 – 7pm, Weston All Saints Centre
  • Monday 15th April, 4.30 – 7pm, Lansdown Kingswood School
  • Tuesday 16th April, 4.30 – 7pm, Odd Down St Gregory’s College
  • Thursday 18th April 10.30am – 12pm, Westfield Methodist church
  • Thursday 18th April, 2 – 3.30pm, Radstock Methodist Church
  • Thursday 18th April, 5.30 – 7pm, Midsomer Norton Town Council
  • Monday 22nd April, 1.30 – 3pm, Keynsham Key Centre
  • Monday 22nd April, 4.30 – 7pm, Keynsham Wellsway School
  • Tuesday 30th April, 6 – 8pm, Bath One Stop Shop

The independent Planning Inspector will now consider a plan for12,700 new homes between 2011 and 2029 – this compares to 11,500 in the previous version of the Core Strategy.

The proposals will help to support economic prosperity, provide choice in the homes market to local people, and prevent unplanned development. In June/ July 2013, the Public Examination is expected to resume.