FoBRA continues to take an active interest in planning policies that affect the city of Bath, and in planning/listed building applications that have an impact wider that the immediate locality of the development. More local projects and development proposals are left to member associations, who are encouraged to seek support from the Federation if they think they are particular importance.
The full FoBRA committee meets approximately every two months, and before every meeting a small Planning Sub-Committee (PSC) submits a planning report for members to consider. This is then discussed in the full meeting and any necessary action agreed.
Some projects we are currently monitoring include the controversial plans by the largest social homes provider in Bath to regenerate much of the Foxhill Estate; the development of the Pickfords site; and Purpose Built Student Accommodation. We also encourage B&NES to persuade developers to use 'Brownfield' and 'Windfall' sites for much needed housing in the city. Additionally, we shall take a keen interest in the development of B&NES' new Local Plan).
The Council's Development Management Committee (DMC) has a statutory duty to determine all planning applications on behalf of the Local Authority. FoBRA's PSC monitors both national and local policies and specific proposals which may impact on our priority objectives or the interests of our members and provide information and or comment when appropriate. The PSC will monitor the preparation of the West of England's Combined Authority (WECA) new strategic plan which, alongside the new Local Plan, will identify the overall quantum of housing and jobs, their distribution across the sub-region and the strategic infrastructure necessary to deliver the spatial strategy for the West of England.
25th October 2017