We are campaigning to save stunning landscape on the southern edge of Bath from a proposed 300-home development.
This series of fields, known locally as the “South Stoke plateau”, separate Combe Down in the south of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bath from the picture postcard village of South Stoke. It also happens to be:
# Designated Green Belt
# Within the Costwold AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty)
# Setting for the Wansdyke Scheduled Ancient Monument, which runs along the plateau’s northern edge
# A known foraging area for the Greater Horseshoe Bat, one of the UK’s most rare species, plus a habitat for endangered skylarks
The South Stoke Plateau has been earmarked for a development of 300 homes as part of Bath and North East Somerset Council’s Core Strategy, which outlines how the area will develop over the next 16 years.
Apart from our main objections, we also believe these plans will put extra pressure on the local infrastructure - notably local roads - already heavily congested at certain times of the day. Plus, the plateau is just a few minutes from another proposed development in Combe Down - an estate of 800 homes on the old MoD Foxhill site.
Finally, the development could threaten Bath’s UNESCO status as a World Heritage Site.
Bath is a gem of a city in a unique setting. Protecting its precious green belt is as essential as preserving the historic Grade 1 buildings in the city. Grabbing green belt land is an easy, but irreversible option.
We are not NIMBYs and we recognise the need for more housing. However, we believe all brownfield sites within Bath should be exhaused and exploited (ie maximum density) before Green Belt is considered.
Please ensure that the lush landscape of the South Stoke plateau, which is important to the unique setting of our beautiful city, remains available for the people of Bath to enjoy for generations to come.