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.
Also, see about the Timsbury Neighbourhood Plan below.
These are made by B&NES Council’s Development Management Committee based on B&NES Council’s Planning Policies developed by its separate Policy Team – see updates below.
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 2nd August 2017
BathNES previously 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.
The Placemaking Plan is in six volumes. The volume for Rural Areas, including Timsbury, can be found here.
Included in this for Timsbury are two site policies SR14 and SR15 for about 50 houses in total which were required in the Core Strategy; the Wheelers Yard brownfield site on North Road (see below) and the west side of the field east of St Mary’s School. These sites were overwhelmingly supported by the village in a consultation in 2015. See below how these sites were chosen by the village and B&NES.
B&NES has also now started to review what it is now calling its New Local Plan for 2016 to 2021 and will start to consult Timsbury on its approach to this in the autumn.
The New Local Plan will also take account of the West of England Joint Strategic Planning Strategy and Transport Strategy which is coordinated by the new West of England Combined Authority.
Timsbury Neighbourhood Plan
The Parish Council is registered as developing a Neighbourhood Plan to effect planning applications in the area. The current status is that the Parish Council decided to restart its NP process, having waited for the B&NES Placemaking Plan to be adopted, 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. Then it will form part of B&NES Development Plan for the area and will be used by them or planning decision maker in the determination of planning applications.
The following Notices have been issued by B&NES:
Timsbury Neighbourhood Designation Report
Timsbury Neighbourhood Area Consultation Notification Letter
At December 2017 a new Steering Group to lead this has yet to be formed. See previous work on this below.
Timsbury Neighbourhood Plan Update
26th July 2014
Sites for building development and protection of assets were approved for consultation and presentation to BathNES Council by Timsbury Parish Council on 7th July. This Stage 2 of the Placemaking Plan is part of the BathNES Local Plan which is being prepared and which includes land use development over the next 15 years. This Stage 2 is a revision of Stage 1 that was presented to BathNES in December 2013 and consists of 3 documents: sites for development, Green Infrastructure Plan and Assets for Protection.
Based on this BathNES has since carried out their own site assessments to include it in their Preferred Options paper for consultation with the village this autumn.
The Plan includes a vision for new affordable housing, a better school, building for jobs and some solutions to traffic. Whilst protecting the best of our village and surrounding countryside.
Stage 1 had been prepared by the village in haste under pressure by BathNES with the information that was available at the time. With a delay and the appointment of a new Chair of the NPSG, new proposals were quickly developed in conjunction with landowners.
These Stage 2 proposals were prepared by over 20 residents of the concurrent Timsbury Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group mow enlarged to include the Chairs of 6 subcommittees.
The proposals were highly supported by those participating, representing an unusual and positive consensus about the future overall planning needs of the parish, bearing in mind the complex benefits and losses and the very limited time available. It is regretted that further consultation with the village was not possible within the timeframe, especially as some critical information became available very recently.
Key proposals of interest to readers are about sites for the 50 new dwellings that we are required to find. These are:
· for mixed housing and business use on the old Wheelers yard site on North Road (site TIM1 in the documents), and
· for housing on the western part of the field off Lansdown Crescent up to the boundary of the school (part of Tim5).
Conditions have been set for development of part of the Tim 5 site to provide affordable housing for local people as well as potential improvements or even building of a replacement school with a new access road to improve traffic and walking/cycling access to it. In addition, much of the views across countryside from the site and public footpaths would be preserved.
Also, the many village assets such as buildings, paths, views and wildlife areas etc. have also been listed.
Everyone in the parish will have a chance to find out more and to give their views in the consultation on the proposals this autumn with BathNES with the Parish Council and again in spring 2015. A revised Housing Development Boundary will be included.
We encourage everyone interested in the future of our vibrant and lovely village to join in the debate.
Meanwhile, next stages for involving residents in the more detailed Neighbourhood Plan are being prepared by the Steering Group and will include the proposals above.
Timsbury Neighbourhood Plan Update
11th July 2014
The revised Timsbury Placemaking Plan draft documents were submitted to BathNES Council on 8th July 2014 following approval by the Parish Council on 7th July. The Plan represents a positive future for the village on housing, employment and the protection of assets, prepared within the limitations of time available and the system provided by BathNES.
Timsbury Neighbourhood Plan Update
1st June 2014
The next step for the village is to complete the Stage 2 of the BathNES Placemaking Plan, which is the Council’s own plan in consultation with the village to be included as part of the BathNES overall Local Plan. This Stage will involve some revision of the Stage 1 plan which was approved by the Parish Council in December, including land allocation for development, as well as Assets to be Protected and a Green Infrastructure Plan.
The Placemaking Plan is a more limited precursor to our own Neighbourhood Plan for which many villagers in the 6 Subcommittees have been busy developing ideas for.