Conservatives set out principles on Core Strategy proposals

Conservative councillors in Bath and North East Somerset have set out their guiding principles in deciding how they will approach the plans contained within Council’s Core Strategy development blueprint.

Conservatives have said that the Council’s development plans should accord with the following three principles:

· Putting brownfield redevelopment first;

· Ensuring infrastructure is delivered alongside new housing;

· Protecting Greenbelt from inappropriate large-scale development.

Conservative councillors have said they recognise that compromise will be necessary to ensure the area’s housing needs are met and hope that a cross-party consensus can be agreed when the Council meets to debate the plans next Monday, 4th March.

However, Conservatives have said the fact that over 4,300 homes with planning permission in the area remain un-built demonstrates that there remains scope to deliver more housing without damaging the countryside.

Conservative shadow spokesman for Homes and Planning, Cllr Geoff Ward, said:

“Conservative councillors will be discussing these proposals in more detail later this week, but clearly some of our Group are likely to have serious concerns over some the Council’s proposed new housing locations.

“Our principles in approaching this will be that Brownfield development should come first, that infrastructure has to come alongside new housing, and Greenbelt must be protected wherever possible.

“It’s important for the Council to agree a Core Strategy in order to protect against opportunistic planning applications, and so we hope that a cross-party way forward can be agreed. But we will fight to protect land against inappropriate development if and where necessary.”