Residents and businesses are being asked to give their views on a series of proposed changes to the Bath and North East Somerset planning framework to help address the council’s declaration of a Climate Emergency and Ecological Emergency.
In a six-week consultation, which runs from today (27 August) until midnight on 8 October, people are being asked to give their feedback on the proposed Local Plan Partial Update (LPPU) and three draft Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs).
The LPPU addresses issues including the need to update and replenish the district’s housing supply to make sure it can meet the requirement for housing up to 2029, transport policies, including reviewing parking standards, and houses in multiple occupation (HMOs).
The proposed SPDs include guidance on specific measures to help tackle the climate emergency including:
- revised parking standards, ultra-low emissions vehicles, walking and cycling infrastructure design and travel plans for new development
- guidance on energy performance requirements for HMOs
- guidance for homeowners and occupiers on adapting their homes to reduce energy use.
The planning team will be carrying out various engagement activities during the consultation period, presenting at Community Forum meetings across the area and hosting a series of online webinars including one on zero carbon development and energy efficiency which will feature as part of the council’s Climate and Biodiversity Festival.
All responses to the consultation on the LPPU will be submitted alongside the plan for examination by a planning inspector, appointed by the Secretary of State.
The consultation on the draft SPDs is in the first phase. The council will consider any issues raised and, where appropriate, revise the SPSs prior to their approval.