Our little patch of land stays green

Two hundred objections from local residents –  and help from local councillors and ‘big guns’ like the city’s heritage watchdog – Bath Preservation Trust – appear to have saved a little patch of green belt from being sacrificed for housing.

We now know a planning officer for B&NES has ruled a proposal to build 18 ‘affordable’ homes on a finger of agricultural land between Deadmill Lane and Ferndale Road at Larkhall  is considered ‘inappropriate development in the Green Belt and should be refused.’

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The ‘good news’ seen online.

 

The officer, Tessa Hampden, met many of the objectors when she visited the site a few weeks ago.

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Tess Hampden (with the orange scarf) talking to local residents.

Two hundred people had gone online to register objections. They were concerned about the loss of Green Belt – and agricultural land which forms a wildlife corridor – plus the additional dangers of access to two notorious ‘rat runs’ into Bath.

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The land that would have been built upon.

Permission would have set a precedent as the first section of Green Belt around this World Heritage city to fall to the developers.

The objectors had the support of their local councillors – Cllrs Rob Appleyard, Joanna Wright and Sarah Warren – AND Bath Preservation Trust. We thank them all.