B&NES Core Strategy to move to next stage of public inquiry despite criticism

Published on: 25 Sep 2013

A blueprint for future development across the Bath and North East Somerset - including green-belt sites around Keynsham - is moving on to the next stage of public inquiry.

The news comes despite concerns raised by an independent planning inspector over the Core Strategy document produced by the council.

The plan aims to set out how the authority will meet future housing and employment need for the next 15 years, and included proposals that 450 homes could be built on land to the south-west and east of the town, near the K2 site and off the A4. The blueprint proposes locations for 12,700 new homes across B&NES in all, some of which are on green-belt sites, as well as brownfield sites.  

But the council was told its revised strategy did not take into account unmet demand from neighbouring areas.

However, it has been announced the consultation process will still go ahead, giving everyone the chance to have their say on the number of new homes proposed and the locations suggested.

Councillor Tim Ball (Lib-Dem, Twerton), Cabinet Member for Homes and Planning, said, “It is good news that the Core Strategy will proceed. Let’s be clear. Had the Inspector called a halt to the process, this would have played into the hands of developers and encouraged speculative development proposals around our area in unsustainable locations. Most probably, these locations would have resulted in a free for all green field land grab.

“The Core Strategy focuses development on brownfield sites as far as possible and seeks to limit the use of green-belt land to achieve our homes target to support local need.”

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