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Initial plans for B&NES ecologically sensitive site set out

Initial plans for B&NES ecologically sensitive site set out

Bath & North East Somerset Council has set out to residents its plans for an ecologically-sensitive development site in Englishcombe Lane in Bath.

The proposed scheme would provide much needed local accommodation for adults with learning difficulties and or autism, reducing the need for out of area placements away from family and friends, and include measures to protect the ecology of the area.  

It would see nine bungalows and seven apartments working within the existing topography of the site to provide a calm and reassuring environment for residents.

Initial development ideas for low-carbon housing were discussed with residents in March and the meeting this week was the next step in the council’s ideas for a small scheme on the designated development site, which previously had planning consent for 37 homes.

Under the proposals discussed with residents this week is a 10m buffer around the tufa site and a bat corridor; alongside protective measures for badgers, reptiles and small mammals.

Councillor Kevin Guy, council leader, who met residents this week, said: “We have listened to people in the area and have reshaped the initial scheme to ensure greater protection of the important local ecology while providing much-needed support for vulnerable people. I met with residents and emphasised that this is not about maximising housing density or profit but about providing new facilities for the community in a sensitive way. I look forward to continuing to work with the community to make sure we take everyone’s views into account as we work up the proposal in more detail.”

The council will now undertake further work on the scheme including the necessary work before a planning application is submitted next year.

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