Core Strategy amendment to protect greenfield sites

Cllr Chris Watt tonight moved a motion to adjust the Core Strategy to ensure there was no presumption to approve the application for 164 houses on the greenfield site adjacent to Charlton Park, Midsomer Norton.

The motion was seconded by Cllr Paul Myers and is as follows:

Council moves to strike the following words from the officers’ report P.55, L6 “around 2 or 3”

P.55, L8 “All new sites are highly likely to be greenfield.”

Given the importance of the Placemaking Plan the above words preempt both the size of the new sites and the location of them. With 300 new houses required this means the news sites will have to accomodate between 100 and 150 each, removing the possibility of smaller sites that are likely to be easier to locate. The preference for greenfield removes the possibility of considering brownfield sites running completely counter to national, local and sensible planning.

Link to Council meeting minutes


Charlton Park Matters

A formal planning application has now been submitted to B&NES by a developer to build 164 houses and a care home on land at the rear of Charlton Park Application Ref: 12/05546/OUT.

How can you make your views known?

  • To register a comment on the B&NES website click here
  • To look at the planning documents click here

A number of residents from Charlton Park have already contacted us, concerned about the impact of this development should it be approved by B&NES including:

  •  Increased traffic in the area: the Fosseway and it junctions with key roads such as Charlton Road are already very congested. Residents of Charlton Park already live with their road being used as a ‘rat run’ which will get worse if traffic levels are increased.
  • Where are these new residents going to work? – Midsomer Norton already has a 60% commute out rate for jobs and another 160 homes will make this worse. Realistically these new residents will have little option but to commute north to Bath and Bristol. Whilst work is already being done on the junctions in Radstock access to the A37 will require much heavier traffic through Midsomer Norton. The site is not on the Greater Bristol Bus Network routes 6 or 10 that are intended to support out commuting.
  • How can this site be considered as a site for house building when it is not identified in the local B&NES Core Strategy (development plan)? – The B&NES response to the planning inspector last year lists sites and makes it clear that the housing numbers for the Somer Valley will be met from existing allocations without any need for development boundary changes. There are already further sites not discussed in this response that are or will be available in the plan period within the development boundary such as Welton Bag (6 acres), CFH (6 acres), etc.


King’s Arms Approved by Regional Inspector

Despite successfully persuading B&NES to reject the planning application to convert the King’s Arms into flats the Regional Planning Inspector has ignored local concerns and granted permission.

It appears from the decision, see link, that the developer sumitted their own traffic and parking study that was deemed acceptable.

Click here to link to inspector’s decision notice

Parking Charges Off B&NES Agenda

We are pleased to say that our campaigning to preserve free parking in Midsomer Norton has been sucessful.

Today the Lib-Dem Cabinet Member at B&NES issued a press release saying “…….the messages that the Cabinet heard about abolishing free parking in many car parks were very clear. Proposals for charging in Batheaston, Chew Magna, Midsomer Norton, Paulton, Peasedown St. John, Radstock, Saltford, Timsbury, and Wellow will not form part of the Cabinet’s budget recommendation to Council in February 2013.”

Thanks to all who made their positon clear and signed the 1200 people petition. With your help we have preserved this critcal resource to support our High Street.