Category Archive: Planning Info

Jul 18 2012

ALERT – More problems with BaNES email system!

A number of people emailing response forms to BaNES have had them bounce back because the BaNES mailbox is full!!


BANES IT have been asked to increase the capacity of the inbox to cope.

We have requested that the deadline for email submissions be extended to allow for people being unaware of the problem while at work, please watch this site to check.



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Jun 29 2012

BaNES email problems 22nd June

Please note that BaNES website advises that all emails received by or sent from the Planning Policy team on Friday 22nd June 2012 have unfortunately been deleted as a result of an IT problem that affected all parts of the Council.

If you sent comments on that date please resend these to ensure that they are registered.

The Council apologises for any inconvenience this may cause.

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Jun 03 2012

Government Info

Policy E of the Planning policy for traveller sites states

Inappropriate development is harmful to the Green Belt and should not be
approved, except in very special circumstances. Traveller sites (temporary or
permanent) in the Green Belt are inappropriate development


Planning Policy Guidance 2: Green belts

From the Department for Communities and Local Government: Annex E


Gypsy Sites (from of DOE Circular )
“As a rule it will not be appropriate to make provision for gypsy sites in areas of open land where development is severely restricted, for example, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Sites of Special Scientific Interest, and other protected areas. Gypsy sites are not regarded as being among those uses of land which are normally appropriate in Green Belts. Green Belt land should not therefore be allocated for gypsy sites in development plans.”



Since May 2010 the Government has made several policy announcements relating to Gypsies. The
Localism Bil is one part of it.

The Localism Bill will abolish Regional Spatial Strategies (RSS). RSS were the means by which local authorities made adequate provision for Gypsy sites their revocation occurred on 6 July 2010.

The future of our communities are in our hands and we urge everyone to ensure that we do not let others outside of our community decide our future and possibly change the face and character of our neighbourhood for the worse and forever.



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May 27 2012

IMPORTANT Response Form

Now that the consultation is underway – we should all complete the ‘official’ consultation response forms. It is difficult to find the form on the BaNES website so we have posted it in here.

The  “Gyspies, Travellers and Travelling Showpeople Site allocation Development Plan Document (DPD) Preferred consultation” document and “response form” are important – we suggest you download both – using the links below.

The first link is their outlining document – very useful – “Gyspies, Travellers and Travelling Showpeople Site allocation Development Plan Document (DPD)”, it is a pfd document of 20 pages that summarises the 7 selected sites.

The lower 2 links are to the “Response Form” – (either as a .pdf or a .doc format). PLEASE download the response form, fill it in and send off (or leave at one of our pick up points). The form was updated after BaNES accepted that the original was “confusing”, but they will accept the old form if you have already sent one in.





It is very important that we send in the response forms.

If you would like additional help with the form please feel free to contact us

If you want further information on the process then the link to the BaNES site is below.


Your responses can be made by completing the response form and returning it by email to or by post to Gypsy and Traveller DPD, Planning Services, PO Box 5006, Bath, BA1 1JG.

The deadline for response forms to be submitted is 5:00 pm on 18th July 2012.


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May 24 2012

Planning Scrutiny Panel – Minutes

Planning, Transport and Environment Policy Development and Scrutiny Panel
Meeting of Tuesday, 15th May, 2012 2.00 pm

Item 12:
Gypsies, Travellers and Travelling Showpeople Site Allocations Development Plan Document (DPD)

Draft minutes below…

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May 21 2012


There is an article in Western Daily Press today. Also here:  We like Cllr Balls quote: “It is always better to use something that is right rather than something that is slightly wrong.”

Conservative councillor Malcolm Hanney, a member of scrutiny panel, has a much clearer view on the Stanton Wick site “We feel it is quite ridiculous that the site is on the list, given that it is Green Belt, past planning decisions, contamination and lack of local amenities.”

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May 21 2012


Cheshire East Council is believed to be the first in the country to ditch controversial plans for a new legal traveller site following the Coalition’s shake up of planning guidelines.

This news was released yesterday – it is time that the Lib Dems at BaNES realised that they are backing a looser!

Read the full article here.

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May 18 2012

Interesting Comment

Read this article and scroll down to see a very good response – note also – Cllr Allen states – “All sites that eventually become allocated will then be subject to the same rules and regulations as anyone else seeking planning permission.”  Planning and Scrutiny committee recognise that since nobody else here in Stanton Wick manages to get any planning permissions because we are IN THE GREEN BELT!

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Apr 29 2012

More Info

Full document on Pensford Conservation Area Character Appraisal, March 2008.

Pensford CA v3

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Apr 29 2012

More Info

This is a fairly big document (82 pages) – from the BaNES website – it has the matrix scoring of all 20 sites. Stanton Wick was 17 out of 20, but got into the top 7???? Lots of pages justifying scoring – none justifying why the scores are ignored.


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