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Planning Ctte Meeting (online)

14th April 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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Bathford Parish Council
Planning Committee Agenda Tuesday 14th April 2020 at 6.30
Meeting to be held by video conferencing.
(Agenda as at 9.4.20)


Application Type: Full Application
Site Location: 23 Bathford Hill Bathford Bath Bath And North East Somerset BA1 7SW
Description of Proposal: Erection of dwelling in garden of existing property following demolition of existing outbuildings.
Name of Applicant: Mr Julian Thresher
Reference Number: 20/01191/FUL Case Officer: Hayden Foster


Application Type: Cert of Lawfulness (Existing) 191
Site Location: Parcel 6450 Box Road Bathford Bath
Description of Proposal: Erection of a storage building (27x7m) for agricultural purposes (Certificate of Lawfulness for an Existing Use).
Name of Applicant: Mr W Wolf
Reference Number: 20/00640/CLEU Case Officer: Thomas Boyle

For information
Local Plan Partial Update and Draft Statement of Community Involvement
No action by Parish Council required at present: documents issued will be kept under review
Application Type: Full Application
Site Location: 78 High Street Bathford Bath Bath And North East Somerset BA1 7TG
Description of Proposal: Erection of raised roof/first floor extension and single storey rear/side extension, detached single garage and garden studio.
Name of Applicant: Richmark Properties Ltd
Reference Number: 20/01098/FUL Case Officer: Thomas Boyle
BPC 24.3.20 : concerned about size of proposed building and impact on conservation area
(8.4.20 neighbour Allen contacted BPC re being ‘crowded out’. Asked her to send copy of her objection to BPC and that BPC might want to make further comment)

Town and Country Planning Act 1990
Town and Country Planning (Tree Preservation) (England) Regulations 2012
Application Type: Tree Works Notification in Con Area
Site Location: Rustlings Ostlings Lane Bathford Bath Bath And North East Somerset BA1 7RW
Description of Proposal: T1 conifer – reduce height by 2 to 3 meters
T2 – T7 row of conifers in decline along boundary – dismantle/fell
T8 & T9 – both fallen, dead conifers – remove
T10 – T12 three conifers to reduce by 2 to 3 m
T13 – Damson – dismantle/fell
T14 – Conifer – reduce total height by no more than 4m
Name of Applicant: Joe Thomas
Reference Number: 20/00905/TCA Case Officer: Jane Brewer
BPC: No objection
BANES 1ST April no objection


Note of correspondence:
Planning Application Reference: 20/00236/FUL
Site Location: Site Adjacent To Old School House Chapel Row Bathford Bath

In addition to Anna’s email, to clarify the legal position with regards to protected species, the two issues are:
1) All wild birds are protected from intentional killing or injury under Section 1 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended). It is also a criminal offence to take, damage or destroy a nest whilst in use/being built or to take or destroy wild bird eggs.
2) It is an offence under Section 9 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended) to intentionally kill or injure slow worm.

Although the buildings did not contain any evidence of bat roosts in 2016, I would expect a resurvey as the buildings may have become more suitable or have been colonised by bats over time.

The response from the Police can vary, as it will depend on whether they consider that an investigation is in the public interest and whether the CPS would take forward a prosecution. Evidence of an actual rather than potential breach of the law is usually required. From past experience, even an investigative visit from the police can often act as a further deterrent. It is always worth asking to speak to a Wildlife Crime Officer who are usually very knowledgeable.

From a planning perspective, clearing the site will not negate the need for further ecological surveys. The LPA have a duty to ensure that applications will not be likely to result in illegal activities in relation to wildlife. For applications where an offence may have been committed before determination, I usually advise for the matter to be reported to the Police and for the legal situation to be resolved before any approval of the application. I would also usually require proposals to include sufficient compensation to put right any damage and comply with Bath and North East Somerset Placemaking Plan Policies NE3 and D5e (no net loss and net gain of biodiversity), following a strategy advised by a suitably qualified ecologist.
Sarah Dale
Ecologist – Planning and Conservation



14th April 2020
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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