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Welcome to Latest News from Development. 

We have a wide range of updates this quarter from bees to fees and Bath Conservation Area character appraisal work to design review.

Lisa Bartlett
Director - Development

Pre-Application Advice – Changes to Charges

Since we changed the way pre-application advice was paid for in 2017, we have been gathering the views of our customers on the quality and cost of the service.  As a result we have decided to reduce some charges for listed building pre-apps.  We have removed the need to pay additionally for the planning related advice which means that listed building pre-apps will pay one flat fee.  This should make it cheaper and easier to work out what the fee will be.  This change will be effective from 1 July.

Get Bath BuzzingGet Bath Buzzing logo

The West of England Pollinator Strategy was launched in Bath at the Festival of Nature (FoN) launch on 31st May. The strategy links initiatives including Get Bristol Buzzing, Get Bath Buzzing and B-Lines www.wenp.org.uk/pollinators

‘Get Bath Buzzing’ is part of our role in championing enhancement and promotion of Green Infrastructure and we will be producing a Bathscape Pollinator Strategy identifying actions with Parks, Highways and other B&NES teams, external organisations, communities and individuals to agree and sign up to.

‘Get Bath Buzzing’ featured at the FoN Green Park event on Saturday 2nd June with Royal Victoria Park selling pollinator plants, Avon Wildlife Trust with Bathscape promoting wildlife projects including Baths parks wild meadow planting, Wild Walcott and Blooming Whiteway, as well as a pollinator spotter guide. Bath Quays produced wild flower seed packets featuring the ‘Get Bath Buzzing’ logo for the event.

GIS Team secure prestigious award

The GIS Team has received the national Gold Award for both its Street and Address gazetteers. The Gold awards are given to authorities whose gazetteers consistently reach Gold standard, the highest data standard on nationally set criteria, throughout the year. Each year the standards are raised so that to achieve Gold always requires improvement in our data quality throughout the year.

GIS 2018 Winner Address Data

GIS 2018 Winner Street Data

Improving public services and overcoming the challenges of data sharing is a key focus for councils. The Awards highlight best practice in local authorities using land and property and street information to tie different services from across the council together to give a ‘property level view of services'.  Good data is critical in all of this.  Without accurate, current and well-maintained data many of these challenges simply won't be solved.  The data is also vital to many other public services, including street works, emergency services, Ordnance Survey and central government departments.

WaterSpace project

It has been a busy few months:
• The WaterSpace project has been shortlisted for the national Living Waterways Awards 2018, run by the Canal & River Trust.
• The River Avon Park Management Plan is nearing completion, together with the pioneering Protecting Bats in Waterside Development Design Guide.
• We have organised a big community litter pick by boat and on foot as part of the Great British Spring Clean for June 2018 (our March date had to be rescheduled due to the snow).
• We have successfully run a Yellowfish community action campaign on water pollution with our partners Wessex Water – see our video here: https://twitter.com/wessexwater/status/989488288766586880
• Our funding bid for a community workboat has reached the final stage and we are hoping for funding approval this summer!
• We have approval for the Saltford Mooring trial to be extended another 12 months
• Over the last year the WaterSpace project has secured over £84,000 of external grants for environmental projects
• Bath’s first floating market was held in May at Darlington Wharf!
• Bath Quays Waterside is now open, and it currently has a café boat as well as a river taxi, check out our animation which explains how it works as a park and city flood defence: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8pGBrVuTRk
Follow us on twitter at @waterspacebath

Design Review

The Planning Policy team have commissioned the Creating Excellence Design Review Panel (CEDRP) to provide independent, impartial design advice and guidance. A Panel of 6 built environment experts has been assembled to support the progression of two new communities in the North Keynsham and Whitchurch Strategic Development Locations.  These are being taken forward through the new Local Plan and will eventually deliver around 4000 homes.

This Panel will also provide Design Review support on future planning policy projects and major planning applications across the Council area.

Bath Conservation Area character appraisal - new areas appraised         

There are two new character area appraisals on the website for:

* Area 15. Entry Hill, Perrymead and Prior Park
* Area 16. Combe Down

In order to put together a full character appraisal for the whole of the Bath Conservation Area the conservation area has been divided into 16 character areas set out below, each with its own distinctive character; these character areas frame a spatial approach to the project:

Character area

1 Weston, Weston Park, Sion Hill and Upper Lansdown
2 Fairfield Park and Larkhall
3 Newbridge, Combe Park and Lower Weston
4 Lower Lansdown and Camden
5 Grosvenor and Lambridge
6 Brassmill Lane, Locksbrook and Western Riverside
7 City Centre
8 Bathwick
9 Widcombe and the Kennet and Avon Canal
10 Twerton
11 Bear Flat and Oldfield Park
12 Pulteney Road
13 North Road, Cleveland Walk and Bathampton Slopes
14 Beechen Cliff and Alexandra Park
15 Entry Hill, Perrymead and Prior Park
16 Combe Down

The full conservation area character appraisal is proposed to be divided into four parts:

* Overview - setting out the background and context of the conservation area character appraisal. 
* Part 1: considering the character of the city as a whole.

* Part 2: containing appraisals and strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats (SWOT) analyses for each of the 16 character areas. 

* Part 3: a summary pulling together all of the SWOT analyses from part 2 and identifying management opportunities. 

For further information visit our Conservation areas web page.

Bathscape Landscape Partnership

The second Bathscape Walking Festival will take place between 15th and 23rd September 2018. The programme is being developed, and you’ll find details of how to book on the website, when bookings open later in the year.  If you’re interested in volunteering or leading a walk, please get in touch.
You can follow us on twitter @bathscape

Fond Farewells

Rod Millard - Historic Environment Record Officer

Angus Harris - Technical Support Officer

Irena Duraku - Technical Support Officer

Alina Game - Technical Support Officer

Changes

Emma Hardy - Senior Planning Officer

Sasha Berezina - Senior Planning Officer (on maternity leave)

Last updated: June 2018

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