Plans for the redevelopment of the Foxhill Estate in Bath – including the re-provision of up to 700 homes – have been approved by Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Development Management Committee.
The Committee voted in favour of the outline planning application by the developer Curo Places Ltd, by a vote of five to four.
Cllr Sally Davis (Conservative, Farmborough), Chair of the Development Management Committee, said: “We have carefully considered all of the information in the officer report, and having conducted a site visit and listened closely to the representations at today’s meeting. The Committee voted to approve the Curo Places redevelopment of the Foxhill Estate, subject to the conditions and legal agreement stated in the officer report.”
As this is an outline planning application, subsequent reserved matters will need to be prepared and submitted, which will deal with the detailed design of each phase of development as it comes forward.
Combe Down Councillor, Cherry Beath (Liberal Democrat), has expressed disappointment at the decision, commenting: “Despite Curo’s consultations, and the residents’ groups who have been working hard to represent local people, a sizeable number of residents do not feel they have been really heard or have had effective input into the plans for Foxhill.
“Furthermore, the site visit carried out by the planning committee was totally inadequate, and will not have given Councillors a true picture of this application. The best solution for Foxhill, in my view, is a softer Regeneration process.”
Cllr Joe Rayment (Labour, Twerton), has also issued a statement on the Foxhill development: “The Labour position on this application is quite simply that it cannot be approved as it stands now, for two major reasons.
“Firstly, the strength of opinion among the residents of Foxhill shows that this plan has not been – as it should have been – co-produced with the residents, taking into full consideration the wants and needs of the community.
“Secondly, Labour cannot support the loss of social housing at a time when we have 6,000 households on the housing waiting list locally. Over 414 social-rented homes are being replaced in Foxhill, with just 157 social rented homes. A loss of 257.
“Regeneration and improving the quality of housing is a noble endeavour, but it should not be conducted in this way. This plan could have had the residents jumping with joy at the prospect of an improved area in which to live and better quality housing. Instead we see residents organising, mobilising and coming to protest to our Council and our biggest Registered Social Landlord.”