Plans for additional new homes on green belt land in Bath


Thursday 28th February 2013

Councillors will meet next week to discuss plans to develop extra new homes on the green belt in Bath in order to help meet rising housing demand.

The initial plan for new homes in Bath did not include green belt sites but a government planning inspection said the council needed to find additional sites to build more new houses and apartments.

Bath and North East Somerset Council will meet on 4 March to debate fresh council proposals to now build hundreds of new homes on green belt land in Bath, Whitchurch and Keynsham over the next 15 years, as part of wider local housing proposals.

The council's original plan proposed building 11,500 houses across brownfield and some greenfield sites. The council has now increased the number of new houses needed to 12,700 new homes.

Lib Dem leader of the council, Paul Crossley, told the press: "The inspector's key concern was the need to ensure that Bath & North East Somerset Council was properly addressing housing needs in the district.

"Additional locations for new housing have been identified on the edge of Bath, at Keynsham and Whitchurch. "

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