This page gives a summary of the planning news in Timsbury.
All applications for land use building and conversions are referred by B&NES Council to the Parish Council for its comment at its next meeting. Also, applications for tree management within Timsbury’s designated Conservation area in the centre of the old village are also consulted on.
Details of the Parish Council Agenda and Minutes of its decisions can be seen here.
Summary of current and recent applications in Timsbury and how to speak at its meetings can be seen here.
See more background to planning in Timsbury here.
All decisions are made by B&NES Council. See their planning page here, and search for Timsbury.
House Building and the Local Plan
Updated 21st Nov. 2017
B&NES Council has shown the Parish Council details of three new sites within the Parish boundary that landowners have offered for building development. B&NES has already rejected them due to their being in the Green Belt and/or outside Timsbury’s Housing Development Boundary. This process is part of a five-year revision of its New Local Plan, which runs to 2026.
In the previous Placemaking Plan, that the village supported in recent years, two sites were approved for development; at Wheelers Yard (see below) and on the western part of the field to the east of the school. Planning Applications for development will be submitted at the owners’ discretion.
B&NES has yet to publish its policies for Rural Areas in its revised New Local Plan which brings forward the Placemaking Plan policies above. This leaves some uncertainty and more details will be reported as soon as they are available.
Major Planning Applications
Draft Plans for ‘Wheelers’ yard Development – updated 16th January 2018
This derelict site is opposite the Recreation Field. It used to be a block making business run by ‘Wheelers’ and previously was the Upper Conygre coal mine.
The current owner has presented draft plans for consultation with the Parish Council BEFORE making a Planning Application to B&NES in 2018. It currently proposes 27 houses and flats and some office space. The site is included in B&NES Local Placemaking Plan for mixed use development of housing and business, which was supported by the village and the Parish Council in consultation with the village in 2015.
This is a complex site and successful development will be very important for the future of the village. The Parish Council has set up a working party to get technical advice on design, highways and other matters. It also wishes to involve the village in its response to ensure the development is as beneficial as possible.
The Parish Council held a public consultation event on 6th January 6th which over 100 people attended. 82 people completed a Questionnaire on the plans which can be seen here. In summary, there was support overall for the plan with overwhelming desire for the housing, though with a desire for more real ‘affordable’ units. Improving pedestrian safety and access on and around the site and village was also a priority, and ideally to have a mini-roundabout at the Bloomfield Road junction. There were mixed views about whether the proposed employment use of offices was needed, compared with the need for more housing. The principle of recognising the heritage of the site was supported, with a variety of views on what to do. The proposal for calling the site ‘Upper Conygre’ after the name of the coal mine on the site was supported.
The Parish Council has noted the detailed results and the Working Party will present them to the owner.
What happens next depends on his response. There is only a printed site plan for this, and it is only a draft for informal consultation before the owner makes a planning application. So at this stage we do not know whether there would be another public meeting.
The owner is planning an application around Easter when everyone will have a chance to make comment on what we expect to be a much improved scheme as a result of the comments.
Land south of Loves Hill for up to 45 houses.
The Government Planning Inspector dismissed (26th Jan 2017) the developer’s Appeal (APP/F0114/W/16/3154927) against Bath&NES decision to refuse outline planning permission for this.
The reasons given for his decision included:
- The site lies just outside the housing development boundary of Timsbury.
- The site is part of the less well developed western approach to the village fronting on to a narrow, enclosed lane that would require improvement that would significantly alter the existing approach to the village.
- The new buildings would appear as a prominent feature that would further erode the rural character of this side of the village.
- The development would fail to conserve or enhance the distinctive character of the area and the wider landscape.
Since then another separate outline application for 20 houses on the same site (16/04260/OUT) was withdrawn by the developers on 1st February 2017 when they had heard that B&NES were likely to refuse it on similar grounds.
A lot of effort had been made by residents and the Parish Council in making the case against this application which was not included in the B&NES Placemaking Plan for Timsbury.