Have your say on how the district looks!

Bath & North East Somerset Council is offering local residents and businesses the opportunity to comment on the draft Placemaking Plan, which looks at options and alternatives for key development sites in the area.

bath abbeyCllr Tim Ball, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Homes and Planning, said: “This is such an important plan for our area and it’s important that as many people as possible take a look at it and give us their views.

Once adopted, the Placemaking Plan, together with the Core Strategy, will help shape what development takes place and where and will be used for determining planning applications in Bath and North East Somerset up to 2029.”

The purpose of the Placemaking Plan is to:
• allocate sites for development for housing, employment and other uses to help meet development needs identified in the adopted Core Strategy
• review and update the policies used in the determination of planning applications
• facilitate the delivery of key development sites
• safeguard and enhance the quality of places in Bath and North East Somerset including the protection of valued assets such as wildlife, green space, historic buildings
• provide an opportunity to work with local communities to update Housing Development Boundaries.

The Placemaking Plan Options document will be published for comment between November 27, 2014 and January 30, 2015.

All consultation documents, comments form and background evidence are available on the Council’s website at http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/placemakingplan.Bath

The Placemaking Plan 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
– Civic Centre One Stop Shop, Temple Street, Keynsham, Bristol, BS31 1LA
• At all public libraries in the district, including the mobile libraries
People are encouraged to make comments on-line via the Placemaking Plan webpage. Alternatively you can e-mail the comments form to placemakingplan@bathnes.gov.uk or send the form or a letter to Planning Policy, Bath & North East Somerset Council, PO Box 5006, Bath BA1 1JG. If you have any queries about the consultation, you can call 01225 477548.

The Council is holding a series of drop-in events about the plan during December and January:

Midsomer Norton Town Hall
Friday November 28 – 4pm-8pm
Saturday December 6 – 9am – 1pm (display only)

Methodist Church Hall, Radstock
Thursday December 4 – 4 – 8pm

Civic Centre, Keynsham – library
Monday December 8 – 4pm – 8pm

Millennium Hall, Chew Magna
Wednesday December 10 – 4pm – 8pm

Village Hall, Temple Cloud
Monday January 12 – 4-8 pm

Radstock College
Thursday January 15 – 4 – 8pm

Further events in Batheaston or Bathampton and central Bath are also being organised – details will be communicated as soon as these are finalised.