FoBRA takes an active interest in planning policies that affect the city of Bath, and in planning/listed building applications that have an impact wider than the immediate locality of the development. More local projects and development proposals are left to member resident associations who are encouraged to seek support from the Federation when necessary.
The FoBRA committee meets approximately every two months, and before every meeting a Planning Sub-Committee (PSC) considers and submits a planning report for members to consider. This is then discussed at the meeting when any necessary action is agreed.
Some projects we are currently monitoring include Arena 1865's evolving Environmental Impact Statement that will inform their forthcoming application to develop the rugby stadium on the Recreation Ground; Bath City Football Club's redevelopment proposals; the evolution of the B&NES Local Plan 2016-2036 which should inter alia curb the proliferation of Purpose Built Student Accommodation and encourage both universities to accommodate more students on campus; and the potential effects of expansion of Bristol Airport on Bath's residents who live under the flightpath.
The Council's Planning Committee has a statutory duty to determine all planning applications on behalf of the Local Authority, although it delegates most applications to officers. FoBRA's PSC monitors both national and local policies and specific proposals which may impact on its priority objectives or the interests of its members and provides information and/or comment when appropriate.
3 October 2019