Bath is surrounded by land designated as Green Belt and parts of the setting of the city are also in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. These designations provide extra protection to our special green landscape; the NPPF makes clear the approach to development in the Green Belt which is to protect, maintain and enhance the openness of the Green Belt and to protect, maintain and enhance rural character and natural beauty.
Bath’s Green Belt is under constant threat of development.
Bath Preservation Trust has taken the position that Bath has an inherent environmental constraint due to the need to protect the World Heritage Site and its green setting, and for this reason we oppose major housing development in the Green Belt or AONB in the immediate environs of Bath. We recognise Bath has a housing need and for that reason have been supportive of the principle of brownfield development maximising the use of urban sites. We recognise that this might not meet an externally calculated housing requirement but believe that the statutory natural and heritage constraints which apply to Bath must be paramount in determining housing numbers and sites.
The Campaign to Protect Rural England is the national body campaigning for the protection of the Green Belt and our rural countryside.