There is still time to give your opinion on the changes made to B & NES ‘town planning policies
Residents and businesses are reminded that they still have time to give their views on proposed changes to planning policies to help address climate and ecological emergencies in Bath and North East Somerset.
As part of its commitment to give people a greater voice, Bath & North East Somerset Council is seeking feedback on the proposed Partial Local Plan Update (LPPU) and three Draft Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) designed to support the council’s ongoing work to deliver net zero carbon by 2030.
People have until midnight Friday, October 8 to express themselves.
Councilor Tim Ball, a member of Planning and Licensing, said: “Planning policies can make a major contribution to tackling climate and environmental emergencies by shaping new and existing developments in ways that reduce carbon dioxide emissions. carbon, to strengthen the resilience of communities to problems such as floods. risk, allowing a shift to public transport to reduce transport emissions, enabling local production of renewable energy and protection of the natural environment.
“The LPPU updates parts of the council’s basic strategy and plan for establishing places to deal with climate and ecological emergencies and other changes in circumstances, national policy and legislation since its adoption in 2014 , while the SPDs provide guidance in support of the policies proposed within the LPPU.
“We want to know what people think of our proposals and how they will be affected by it, so please get involved and participate in the consultations. “
The issues addressed in the LPPU include:
the need to update and replenish the district’s housing supply to ensure that it can meet housing needs until 2029
ensure zero carbon development and help facilitate local production of renewable energy
transportation policies, including revised parking standards
multiple occupancy houses (HMO).
The proposed SPDs include guidance on specific measures to help address the climate emergency, including:
revised parking standards, ultra-low emission vehicles, pedestrian and cyclist infrastructure design and travel plans for new developments
guidance on energy performance requirements for HMOs
advice for homeowners and occupants on adapting their homes to reduce energy consumption.
The consultations, which opened last month, were supported by a series of webinars that can be viewed on the council’s YouTube channel.
Advisor Sarah Warren, Deputy Chief and Cabinet Member for Climate and Sustainable Travel, said: “These proposed changes will play an important role in helping us achieve our net zero goal. The webinars are really informative, make it clear why we are proposing these changes, and answer common questions. I therefore encourage people to watch them before submitting their responses.
To participate in LPPU or SPD consultations, visit: www.bathnes.gov.uk/current-planning-policy-consultations
Comments should preferably be submitted through the online portal. Users who have difficulty responding online can request help viewing or responding to consultations by emailing [email protected] or calling Council Connect on 01225 394041.
All responses to the LPPU consultation will be submitted along with the plan for review by an urban planning inspector appointed by the Secretary of State.
The consultation on SPD projects is in the first phase. The board will consider all issues raised and, if appropriate, revise the SPSs prior to their approval.
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