Thursday, 26 March 2015

Key documents

Inspectors report

Adopted Strategy


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Saturday, 25 October 2014

Further information about Exhibition 3rd November



Monday 3rd November 12 noon to 8pm at St Gregory’s School

SOBA - The South of Bath Alliance alerts all residents to view an exhibition showing the plans for the development of land (Sulis Down) on South Stoke Plateau

The exhibition is being staged by the developer from whom you should have received an invitation in the post. This is the first step in the formation of a Master Plan for the development. This must involve consultation with the local community and given the short notice (and low key press announcement) about the exhibition, we advise all those interested to attend and view the proposals. You will find out more about how these plans might affect you and you will have an opportunity to express your views.

The South of Bath Alliance was formed by members of the local community to oppose the development of land at South Stoke Plateau for housing and to protect this part of Bath’s Green Belt. Now that the Core Strategy has been approved, SOBA’s task is to ensure that development is kept within the restrictions imposed by the Planning Inspector and to ensure that it does not damage the remaining Green Belt and the Cotswold AONB.

If you would like to give us your comments about the proposals, to participate in SOBA or simply to find out more, please contact us by sending your comments to:

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Sulis Down - exhibition planned for November 3

As some of you may have already read in the Bath Chronicle, the new community of 300 homes to be built on South Stoke Plateau is to be known as Sulis Down.

Letter sent to community around the Plateau
Bloor Homes has been appointed to develop the former green belt land south of Bath, next to Odd Down and the Sulis Manor estate.

The Hignett Family Trust appointed Bloor Homes from a wide range of house builders, while Bath-based architects Nash Partnership will lead the Sulis Down master planning.

An exhibition is planned for November 3 at St Gregory's School, Combe Hay Lane, Odd Down, Bath.

It will take place between noon and 8pm.

The invitation (to the left) sent to all the communities surrounding South Stoke Plateau also features phone numbers and a website for those wanting further information.

At the time of writing this post, the website at was not working.

Monday, 11 August 2014

South Stoke Plateau - next steps

You may be aware on July 10, 2014 Bath and North East Somerset Council decided to adopt the Core Strategy.

This means that land has now been taken out of the Green Belt at Odd Down in order to provide housing.

Proposed housing plan for South Stoke Plateau
The deadline for any legal challenge to this decision expires on 21 August 2014. No funding has been found to pay for legal advice or to cover the costs of challenging the decision by Judicial Review.

We have written to Eric Pickles and to his Minister, inviting them to intervene, but no response has been received.

Without a legal remedy or political intervention by central government, we are looking at the next stage in the process which is the “Master Plan”.

We intend to oppose any further development to the land which has been removed from the Green Belt and to ensure that the developer complies with the conditions for development, by participating in this process, together with the Parish Councils of South Stoke and Combe Hay.

If you would like to find out more and assist SOBA with its campaign, please come to the next meeting on 2 September 2014 at 7pm in South Stoke Village Hall.

Friday, 4 July 2014

Crucial council vote on July 10 - will you be there?

Bath & North East Somerset Council will hold a meeting on July 10 in which councillors will vote on the latest version of the Core Strategy. 

If passed, at least 300 homes will be built on Bath's valuable Green Belt at South Stoke plateau - land which is supposed to enjoy the highest level of protection as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). 

Threatened: South Stoke plateau
The plateau is also the location of Bath's little known Scheduled Ancient Monument, The Wansdyke, and a part of our unique setting - a factor in our UNESCO World Heritage City status.

How will your local councillor vote?

We are campaigning for a 'No' vote and we've been encouraging our supporters to put their local councillors on the spot, asking them how they are going to vote.

We believe there is no need to build on Green Belt. It should only ever be the final option when exceptional circumstances have been proven.

In other words, when all brownfield land has been fully exploited and every empty home and disused building filled.

The Council argues that if the Core Strategy is not agreed, it will leave Bath's Green Belt exposed to speculative planning proposals. This is scare-mongering of the highest order.

Any planning proposal on Green Belt land must still go through the normal planning process, which ultimately ends with Secretary of State.

Will you be there?

If you want to witness our councillors make a momentous decision for Bath on July 10, the Full Council meetings begins at 6.30pm and you can sit in the public gallery. If you want to gather as a group and protest before the vote, meet outside from 6pm.