How planning policy for Bath and North East Somerset is decided and the timescale for when residents will be able to have their say is the focus of a webinar on Monday (December 21).
Bath & North East Somerset Council is inviting residents to find out about national planning policy and when people can get involved in updating local policy at this online event, ahead of an options consultation starting in January.
In Spring 2020 the council announced that it would be launching a partial update of its local planning policies to align them with its declaration of the climate and ecological emergencies, and to address issues in the short-term including housing land supply and houses in multiple occupation (HMOs).
The options consultation in January will spark discussion on the potential approaches for addressing some of the critical issues facing Bath and North East Somerset. Ahead of this, the webinar is a chance for residents to find out how planning policy is set by the Government and what aspects of policy could be shaped locally.
The webinar at 6.30pm on December 21 will be chaired by Councillor Dine Romero, council Leader, and will outline the context and the programme for the Local Plan partial update.
Councillor Dine Romero said: “Planning policy is partly dictated by Government and partly set locally by us. It can be a challenging process to make sense of, so through this webinar we hope to explain in simple terms how planning policy in B&NES is decided and when we will be asking for input from residents.
“Planning issues can often have a big impact on the lives of residents and will help us address our climate and ecological emergency goals. We want to let you know in advance when you will be invited to help shape local policy for B&NES, so please join us at the webinar.”
There will be a Q&A in the second half of the webinar. The discussion will be recorded and available afterwards on the council's YouTube channel
Sign up in advance for the webinar here https://bathnes.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_oUj9bsWPTQSGxVKLk0_6jg
Click here to view the local planning policy webpage.