It is important
to realise the opportunities from the proposed community, the site’s assets can be used to bring identity to it just as Bath’s 18th Century developers achieved.
Specialists have looked in detail at matters such as archaeology, ecology, history, arboriculture, ground conditions, drainage, access and movement, and wildlife. In addition to this technical evidence we are also very keen to understand the thoughts and ideas of the local community.
We realise that to understand the factors, physical and social which should influence the form development takes we need to listen carefully to local people as well as the technical specialists.
It is also important to realise the opportunities from the proposed community. This might be through its convenience to public transport routes and local employers, or how the site’s assets such as historical features and views can be used to bring identity and place to it just as Bath’s 18th Century builder/developers achieved.
A Conversation with the Community
It is now common practice for planning applications to be put on display for public comment prior to submission, but at Sulis Down the approach is more comprehensive. Starting in November 2014 a three stage public consultation has allowed us to really look in depth at every consideration.
The consultation report is a work in progress document which will be updated and refined during the planning process before eventually being submitted as a Statement of Community Engagement to Bath & North East Somerset Council. We decided to take the unusual step of publishing it in a work in progress form so that you can see how we are recording the consultation process.