#CommitteeWatch: B&NES

Last week, MPC attended Bath and North East Somerset Council’s monthly Development Management Committee to observe as two applications were considered.

The first application was for change of use from B2 (industrial) to D1 (education) of a light industrial unit in Locksbrook, Bath. The applicant, one of Bath’s academic institutions, proposed siting their new Art and Design School there.

It was notable that representatives from each of the main parties lined up to support this application, and by association the city’s wider academic sector. The remarks of one member particularly praised the transition from the old manufacturing jobs previously located on-site, to new technology and new jobs, for the ‘new Bath’ they lauded. The committee favourably noted the technical work that had gone into the application, and the application sailed through unanimously.

The second application was not so simple. A selective-entry school in Bath proposed a large new accommodation block at its Lansdown campus. Visual issues associated with the building were raised, including by one institutional objector, Historic England. More importantly, the non-adopted status of the access road complicated the already sticky issue of traffic flows at peak times.

The application was recommended by the ward member to be deferred so that the Committee could observe peak traffic flows themselves. The committee agreed by a solid margin. It is likely that the application will come before the committee again in May.

If you have submitted, or are about to submit a planning application to Bath and North East Somerset Council, Meeting Place Communications is able to offer a range of public engagement and pre-committee supporter motivation work to help you achieve a planning consent. Do get in touch on 01225 422243 to speak with one of the team.