More control on planning applications

Have you say over plans for new controls and regulations affecting planning applications dealt with by B&NES.

Residents, architects, builders and developers are encouraged to comment on proposed changes to the Local List of Planning Application Requirements (LLPAR), the list of documents that need to be submitted with a planning application.

Bath & North East Somerset Council’s proposed LLPAR, which describes the documents that need to be submitted over and above the National Requirements, have now gone out to consultation.

Many of the proposed changes are necessary following the recent adoption of the Local Plan Partial Update and associated Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) in January. These include requirements relating to:

  • Biodiversity Net Gain
  • Viability Assessments
  • Transport Assessments
  • Travel Plans
  • Houses of Multiple Occupation,
  • Accessibility Standards
  • Student Accommodation
  • Artificial Pitches
  • Sustainable Construction

The council is also proposing changes to update the existing local list requirements for Biodiversity & Geological Conservation Assessments and Structural Engineers Reports for demolition in conservation areas. This will help to provide clarification and reduce delays to application decision times where additional information may be required

Additional proposed changes include a checklist for protected species surveys, Land and Visual Impact Assessments and damp remediation reports for listed buildings. New fees for invalid and returned applications are proposed to cover the additional costs of processing those applications.

Councillor Tim Ball, cabinet member for Planning and Licensing, said: “The adoption of the LPPU and associated SPDs was a major policy update with extensive public consultation which focused on delivering more sustainable and ecologically sound development through the planning process. These proposed changes to the LLPAR will simplify and clarify the policy requirements at the point of submission and support timely decision making.”

The consultation can be found on the council website. The consultation closes at 5pm on Friday 17 March 2023.

The results of the consultation will be reviewed and feedback taken on board where appropriate. Decisions to implement new charges will be made by the cabinet member for Planning and Licencing.