Category: Planning Info

Appeal date is now passed….

The 6 month window during which an appeal could be made against the refusal of planning application 13/01965/FUL for a Gypsy and Traveller site at the Old Colliery has now passed.

We can confirm that no appeal has been made.

We are pleased that we can put a line under this extraordinary time for our community which has seen us battling and winning against a concerted effort to impose unsustainable and damaging development on one of our prized heritage assets.


This victory was not possible without the ongoing support of our local communities.

Thank you to everyone who helped in any way however small  – your support is very much appreciated.


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Westminster Debate on Gypsy and Traveller Policy

Yesterday MPs debated the current gypsy and traveller policy with opportunity to raise local and/or national issues. It is an interesting debate reflecting many issues that we have seen locally. It is 1.5hrs long, but finishes with a response from a the government minister Nick Bowles.

The debate was moved by Andrew Selous, Conservative MP for South West Bedfordshire.


To view you may need to download microsoft Silverlight Player.

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Application Rejected….

At the development control meeting on weds 31st July application 13/01965/FUL was determined.

The officer recommendation was to REFUSE
The committee were of the same view.
Various statements were made regarding the application.
The final vote was a UNANIMOUS rejection.
A big thank you to everyone who came to support and to Filers Coaches who very kindly provided a  a coach to the meeting.
Our Parish Council, Ward Cllr and planning representative spoke very well for the case against permitting  – a heart felt thanks to all!
Their and Your support is very much appreciated.
The refusal document can be viewed here. Refusal Document

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31st July – Planning Committee

It has been confirmed that the application 13/01965/FUL will be determined at the Bath and North East Somerset

Development Control Committee meeting on Wednesday, 31st July, 2013 at 2.00 pm.
The venue is The Brunswick Room in The Guildhall, Bath.
We are the first item on the agenda.
The full agenda can be found on this page:
Filers Coaches are very kindly providing a coach to the meeting.
If you would like to have a place on the coach please contact us
Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
Your support is very much appreciated.

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Officer Report

The officer report for 13/01965/FUL has now been written. This is the report that will be considered by the planning committee.

Please click below to see the report:

Officer Report 13/01965/FUL


Or – you can download from the BaNES website.


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Readvertised!! Extended dates for Objection!!

Planning application 13/01965/FUL is currently being readvertised by BaNES, officially from 11th July to 25th July (5pm). So anyone who ran out of time and didnt get a response into BaNES now has a chance to do so. All existing objections remain. Determination date remains 7th August 2013.

The application is readvertised due to modifications in 2 documents, there is a revised red line and a revised application form – although strangely it is dated 8th May. In addition BaNES have changed the description of the application to reflect their understanding that the spoil heaps do not and never have had B2 use.


View the application documents here.

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NEW APPLICATION – May 2013 is: 13/01965/FUL

View the current (May) application here…^REFVAL^=%2713/01965/FUL%27&SearchLayer=DCApplications&SearchField=REFVAL&SearchValue=13/01965/FUL

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The application has as expected returned to BaNES, as planning application 13/01965/FUL currently there is until 13/06/2013 for response. We have 2 roadshow dates that anyone is welcome to attend and view the plans etc, plus there is advise on this site.

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****** Application Withdrawn ******

Due to technical inaccuracies BaNES have asked that planning application 13/00125/FUL be withdrawn. BaNES  asked that the application be withdrawn because there were areas on the application form that did not tally with the drawings, BaNES suggest that it ought to be corrected and may then be resubmitted.  We will keep you posted.

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LATEST – BaNES extension for email representations to 5pm on Friday 20 July

BaNES have extended the deadline for email response form submissions because of the problems they have had with their mail system.

Statement from BaNES:

We are aware that a number of people have been affected by the Planning Policy Team mailbox reaching capacity on Tuesday 17th July 2012, resulting in emails sent after this time failing to reach the mailbox. We have since resolved that issue.
In order to ensure sufficient time for representations to reach the Planning Policy Team, and as agreed with Cllr. Tim Ball, we are extending the time limit for email representations to be sent in to 5pm on Friday 20 July 2012.   If you received an email stating that the Planning Policy mailbox was full, please resend your email as soon as possible.

We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused. Please pass this message on to anyone you know who has had issues with emails being returned.

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