The show will give visitors the opportunity to speak with housing associations, mortgage advisors and legal advisors for free and confidential advice. For more information about housing and opportunities for home ownership, visit: http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/services/housing/find-home
The Planning Inspectorate have dismissed both appeals against the Council’s decision to refuse student accommodation being built at the Wansdyke Business Centre.
Cllr Will Sandry said: “I am delighted. This is the right outcome for our community. Local people knew that these were bad proposals and I am pleased the Planning Inspector has agreed. I’m very proud of the community for coming together to constructively oppose these applications. Their dedication and passion for our shared sense of community is awesome.”
Cllr Shaun Stephenson-McGall added: “Both appeals being dismissed is a fantastic result. We know that the community is not opposed to the principle of change at the site, so the site owners must work with the community. It is essential that any new proposals maintain or increase the space for small start-up businesses and respect the local environment.”
Subway have submitted a planning application to make internal alterations at the former Shaw Trust shop on Moorland Road. The proposal includes removing and replacing the existing shop front. Subway propose to open from 7am to 10pm daily except on Saturday evenings when they have applied to stay open until 1130pm. You can view and comment on the planning application using this link.
They have separately applied for an illuminated and projecting signage for the business. You can view and comment on this application by using this link.
We know that Baskervilles is popular and successful family business which provides excellent sporting opportunities to the people of Bath and beyond.
Over the past weeks Will and Shaun have meet with Baskervilles, the Friends of Moorlands Park and other members of the community to discuss the application. We have also received numerous emails from people supporting the application and objecting to it.
Having carefully considered all views, we have recommended to Baskervilles that they withdraw their planning application.
We should be clear that we do not object to the principle of an extension to the gym building. As the applicant is aware, taking an area of parkland to create a new car park is not acceptable due to existing planning policy.
It is our view that no matter how good a facility Baskervilles provides, it does not justify taking away part of a public park to reserve it for just a few Baskervilles customers who chose to drive to the site.
We have encouraged Baskervilles to develop a better planning application and have made the following suggestions to them:
– Enter discussions with the School to seek to make use of their adjacent hard standing for parking outside school hours. This may present an opportunity to enhance the school playground and facilities there, and provide you with additional parking on brown field land.
– Open dialogue with the Friends of Moorlands Park and the Management Committee of Englishcombe Court to understand what a successful planning application would look like for them.
– Draw up new plans and make a pre-application to the Council. You will benefit from the professional advice of planning officers who can help you formulate an application which has a greater chance of success.
– Consider formalising a concession scheme for members of the local community who live within a certain distance of the park – say 500 metres, or those who walk or cycle to the site.
– Consider in a new application opening your cafe to all members of the pubic and not just your members. This would help put the site at the heart of the local community.
– Consider providing park and ride minibus service options for your out of town customers from existing park and ride facilities in the city.
Cllr Will Sandry | Cllr Shaun Stephenson-McGall
In 2013 Liberal Democrats introduced controls on the number of HMOs across the City. The Council is currently reviewing the Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) Supplementary Planning Document (SPD). An existing “Article 4 Direction” (a term in planning law) withdraws the Permitted Development Right for the change of use from family homes (Use Class C3) to Houses in Multiple Occupation (Use Classes C4 and Sui Generis) across the City of Bath. The SPD sets out criteria for assessing planning applications required by the Article 4 Direction. The aim of the SPD is to avoid high concentrations of HMOs in the interests of an appropriately balanced housing mix across the city.
The revised SPD can be accessed from the Council’s Website http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/hmo.
The Council are particularly interested in hearing your views on the following questions:
- Do you agree with the general approach of the SPD to manage the concentration of HMOs in parts in Bath?
- Do you agree with the Sandwich Policy proposed in the draft SPD?
- Do you agree with lowering the HMO threshold to 10% from 25%?
You can send your comments via the Council’s Consultation Website here. Alternatively you can email them to HMO_SPD@BathNES.gov.uk or post them to Planning Policy, Bath and North East Somerset Council, Lewis House, Manvers Street, Bath BA1 1JG.
Comments should be submitted by 5pm 13th October 2017 after which the consultation closes.
The Council will be scrutinising proposals for new controls on HMOs throughout the City at a public meeting on Tuesday 4th July. The proposals are to change the Council’s HMO Supplementary Planning Document to reduce the percentage of HMOs permitted in communities.
The committee reports can be found here (Item 9):
Flats in the Moorlfields Estate are to keep their weekly waste collections following an intervention from Cllr Will Sandry.
The Council is proposing to develop land the behind 89-125 Englishcombe Lane. Will and Shaun have met with Council officers have requested a public meeting be held in advance of any formal planning application coming forward.
We know that a development at this location will be of concern to some neighbouring residents and want to make sure these concerns are properly addressed by the Council before any formal planning application is made.
The open meeting is on Wednesday 12th July 2017 between 3pm and 8pm at Sladebrook Evangelical Church Hall. It will be possible to attend at anytime during those times.
The Council is reviewing the existing Additional HMO licensing scheme that is in place in Oldfield, Westmoreland and Widcombe wards.
The scheme was introduced in January 2014 and lasts until December 2018. It requires all multiple occupancy shared houses to be licensed by the Council in the designated area and meet minimum standards of safety, welfare and management. As the scheme only lasts for a maximum of 5 years, the Council are seeking views to influence whether the scheme is stopped, renewed or extended elsewhere in the City.
Both Will and Shaun campaigned for and continue to support the additional licensing scheme. It has improved the standards of homes for tenants and meant that there have been better management arrangements in place.
Please complete the Council’s survey here:
All completed questionnaires will go into a draw to win one of five prizes. Each prize will be £30 worth of High Street Gift Vouchers (redeemable at top High Street retailers).
The Bath Area Play project will be holding two play days at the Sandpits over the summer. The dates will be Thursday 27th July and Wednesday 16th August and between 1pm and 4pm. Will and Shaun have used Ward Councillor Initiative funding available to them to sponsor these two events.
BAPP are also holding play days throughout the summer across Bath and North East Somerset. Please follow this link for details.
BAPP are a great local charity, and if you are able to support them to put on events in the future, please consider making a donation:http://www.bapp.org.uk/support-us/