Update July 2016
Placemaking Examination dates and programme announced
BPT will be represented at the Examination in Public of the B&NES Placemaking Plan from September 13-29th. The release the Inspector’s agenda shows that the Eastern Park and Ride, Student housing and delivery of infrastructure will feature in her examination: http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/sites/default/files/sitedocuments/Planning-and-Building-Control/id-3.pdf.
The Draft Placemaking Plan was approved by B&NES Council for public consultation in December 2015. The Plan framework will be in place for the period up to 2029 and includes detailed design principles and development aspirations and will update planning policies used in determining planning applications planning policy. This consultation period ended on 3 Feb, prior to submission to the Secretary of State for examination.
In our statement we congratulated the Council on progressing Conservation Area Character Assessment studies which provide an evidence base for the Plan, and we called for the Plan to specify sites wholly in the ownership of B&NES – the only way to ensure that some of the higher value aims of the Plan are actually delivered. We also urged the Council to adopt the B&NES building heights study as a Supplementary Planning Document, raised serious concerns about city centre sites being brought forward for student housing, and stressed the need for land or site value to reflect policy requirements in relation to height & materials so that Plan policies are not ultimately thwarted by arguments about viability.
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