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 free to raise them with 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 development of the old Bath Press and Roseberry Place sites; Purpose Built Student Accommodation; the former MoD sites at Foxhill, Ensleigh and Warminster Road; and the regeneration of the Foxhill estate. We also are encouraging B&NES to persuade developers to use 'Brownfield' and 'Windfall' sites for much needed housing in the city. Additionally, we take a keen interest in the development of B&NES' evolving Placemaking Plan (part of the Local Plan), having given evidence at the Government-chaired Examination in Public.
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. For example, the PSC has registered FoBRA's interest in the preparation of a new strategic plan which, alongside the Placemaking 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.
21st October 2016