Monthly Archives: February 2019

Council awarded more than £5m for delivering new homes

Council awarded more than £5m for delivering new homes

Bath & North East Somerset Council has been awarded more than £5m by the government for its work in helping to deliver new homes across the district.

A record 1,245 new homes were built in Bath and North East Somerset between April 2017 and March 2018, of which 192 were affordable. 249 of these properties were created by converting buildings which were previously used for business purposes. During the same period 74 empty properties were brought back into use.

As a result the council has been awarded £5.1m from the New Homes Bonus Scheme. The scheme was introduced by central government in 2011 to encourage council’s to grant planning permission for building new homes in return for additional revenue.

Councillor Paul Myers, cabinet member for Economic and Community Regeneration, said: “This is fantastic news. Bath & North East Somerset’s allocation is on a par with big cities like Bristol and Birmingham and way above other comparable historic city districts such as Oxford and York. It proves we are delivering on our commitment to help meet the housing needs of local people and it’s our residents who will benefit as the extra cash will help fund essential services.”

New housing developments have also generated more than £11m income from Community Infrastructure Levy which is being spent directly on new infrastructure such as roads, schools flood protection and town centre improvements across Bath and North East Somerset.

The delivery of a record number of new homes in the district has been driven by a strong market demand. Working to the council’s Core Strategy, the Housing Enabling team and Planning department have worked efficiently to progress development proposals more quickly over the past five years.

West of England Combined Authority brings together UK’s leading tech pioneers for ambitious 5G Smart Tourism Showcase

West of England Combined Authority brings together UK’s leading tech pioneers for ambitious 5G Smart Tourism Showcase

The West of England Combined Authority will host Connected Futures next month, a 5G Smart Tourism Showcase in venues across Bristol, unveiling the results of the UK’s most ambitious 5G testbed to date. The showcase, on Saturday 16 March, marks the culmination of a year-long project looking at new 5G technology and infrastructure in the West of… Read More…

Counselling service in Bath for children and young people affected by cancer

Counselling service in Bath for children and young people affected by cancer

Counselling charity We Hear You (WHY) is offering a specialist counselling service in Bath for children and young people aged four to 25 who have been affected or bereaved by cancer or another life threatening condition. The charity has provided one-to-one counselling for adults in Bath since 2005 and group counselling for adults living with… Read More…

Hundreds of school places made ready as Wiltshire prepares to welcome Army families

Hundreds of school places made ready as Wiltshire prepares to welcome Army families

Wiltshire schools are preparing to welcome hundreds of service children, who will be making their home in the county later this year. As part of the Army Basing Programme some 4,000 Service Personnel and their families will move to Wiltshire this summer. Wiltshire Council has worked closely with partners to ensure the county is ready… Read More…

Beechen Cliff Secondary School Welcomed into the MNSP

Beechen Cliff Secondary School Welcomed into the MNSP

Beechen Cliff Secondary School is the latest school to announce that on the 1st February 2019 the School, already an Single Academy Trust (SAT) joined the Midsomer Norton Schools’ Partnership Multi Academy Trust (MAT). Approved by the Secretary of State for Education, this transfer will allow the School to have a larger support network offered by the… Read More…

Could you provide a home and support for a young person who is homeless or leaving care?

Could you provide a home and support for a young person who is homeless or leaving care?

Bath & North East Somerset Council is looking for people to provide supported lodgings for 16-21 year olds who are homeless or leaving care. Since its launch 18 years ago, more than 300 young people have been provided with a home through the Supported Lodgings scheme in Bath and North East Somerset. Through the scheme… Read More…

Schoolchildren bury time capsule in Midsomer Norton

Schoolchildren bury time capsule in Midsomer Norton

Pupils from Somervale School today buried a time capsule on the site of a new development delivered by Curo and contractor E G Carter. The time capsule was buried as part of a ground-breaking ceremony to mark the start of construction works at St Chads Green in Midsomer Norton, where 16 new affordable homes will… Read More…

February Half Term Fun at The Bishop’s Palace

February Half Term Fun at The Bishop’s Palace

This February, The Bishop’s Palace will kick off its annual children’s activities programme with a fun-filled February Half Term. 2019 will see a few changes to the regular holiday activities, with the popular family craft sessions moving to a Tuesday. The sessions will be called “Crafty Cats” and will take place every Tuesdays during school… Read More…

Cabinet to consider revised Keynsham Town Centre improvements

Cabinet to consider revised Keynsham Town Centre improvements

Plans to help future proof Keynsham town centre by making its High Street more attractive and accessible for everyone are to be discussed by Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Cabinet when it meets today (Wed 6 Feb). Last year the council published plans to enhance the public realm in Keynsham, building on the introduction… Read More…

Food poverty pilot scheme to be launched across Bath & North East Somerset

Food poverty pilot scheme to be launched across Bath & North East Somerset

Charity FareShare South West has received a £20,000 grant from the St John’s Foundation, giving them the green light to launch a pilot project spanning Bath and North East Somerset. FareShare South West works to fight food poverty whilst providing a solution for what would otherwise be wasted, in date, good quality food The charity,… Read More…

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