Land Use Planning
Timsbury Parish Council is a statutory consultee empowered to only make comments on land use planning applications within or next to the Parish Boundary, and also on policies and issues that effect land use planning in the wider B&NES area.
The Parish Council’s decisions to comment are base upon a number of factors including compatibility with residential and commercial planning policies, and representations received from interested parties. Occasionally a site visit is held.
The Parish Council will generally only make comment on ‘material considerations’ relevant in planning law. These are: layout/density; privacy/daylight/overshadowing; access/traffic; impact on jobs/economy; impact on community life; design/appearance; noise/smell, and viability. Issues normally avoided are; history/character of applicant; impact on an individual; commercial competition; property value; restrictive covenants; ownership of land, or matters of decency or taste.
The Parish Council are not able to give advice on planning applications, but do welcome views from residents, businesses and groups in the village. You can do this by contacting us in writing, by email or during public submissions at the beginning of each monthly meeting shown here.
These are made by B&NES Council Officers or by its Development Management Committee based on B&NES Council’s Planning Policies developed by its separate Policy Team – see updates here.
Anyone can submit formal comments on applications directly to B&NES, and not to the Parish Council or this website.
To comment on a current planning application, please read ‘Have your say on planning applications‘. You will need to include your name and address and your comments can be viewed on the B&NES website as forming part of the available application documentation.
B&NES Planning Policies
Updated 17th October 2019
BathNES adopted Core Strategy 2011 to 16 sets out the broad and strategic approach to the level and location of new development throughout Bath and North East Somerset. The Placemaking Plan focuses on specifics such as design principles and sites for development and updating the planning policies which are then used in determining planning applications.
B&NES is currently reviewing its Loca Plan from 2016:
See more Planning News and Major Sites & Applications
Timsbury Neighbourhood Plan
The Parish Council is registered as developing a Neighbourhood Plan to effect planning applications in the area. However, the current status is that the Parish Council decided to currently not proceed with it, and instead to rely on B&NES Placemaking Plan, because the Neighbourhood Plan has to be consistent with it, as part of its already adopted Core Strategy. It is a complex legal process including requiring being supported in a legal referendum.
The following Notices have been issued by B&NES:
Timsbury Neighbourhood Designation Report
Timsbury Neighbourhood Area Consultation Notification Letter