Village Design Statement

What is a Village Design Statement?

2005  – Still Relevant.

We all agree that Bathford is unique, but what makes it special? Some features can be easily identified as being part of the parish, but also a huge variety of details contribute to its unique quality.
All villages grow and evolve and what we see now in the Parish is probably very different from the shape and form of the original settlement.
To appreciate how Bathford may evolve in the future it is important to consider how it has changed over the years. Most changes are probably recent and many people feel that ‘change is always bad’ but this is not always the case if it is carefully managed. In many ways Bathford must be able to change if it is to stay ‘alive’.

Of course some aspects of the village are precious and must be preserved as a matter of course. Listed Building Protection, Tree Preservation Orders and Conservation Area Status give statutory protection to certain structures and landscape deemed worthy of special conservation.
The most important thing is that any future change needs to be managed to protect our local distinctiveness from erosion.

This Village Design Statement describes the qualities and characteristics of Bathford that are appreciated and valued by the residents and the purpose of the Village Design Statement is to help manage change whether it be major development or small scale alterations.
The aim of this Village Design Statement is to raise awareness of what is special about Bathford so that future changes can be carried out in harmony with the village setting both contributing to and, where possible, enhancing the local environment.

The Village Design Statement, which has a wealth of detail on the Parish, has been approved and copies can be viewed in the Parish Office or available for sale to cover printing costs. As the full original document is 64 colour pages it was too large until now to place on the website but it has now been split into sections for ease of access.

The introduction covers the whole of the Parish of Bathford and then each area has its own more detailed report.

Introductory Statement – pp1-18 (5342Kb)

Ostlings Lane – pp19-21 (842Kb)
Bathford Hill and Village Green – pp22-25.pdf (1083Kb)
Church St and Pump Lane – pp26-29.pdf (518Kb)
Dovers Park and Mountain Wood – pp30-33.pdf (2132Kb)
High St and Prospect Place – pp34-37 (2851Kb)
Ashley Rd, Titan Barrow and New Rd – pp38-41 (2691Kb)
Garstons – pp42-43 (1669Kb)
Meadow Park and Box Rd – pp44-47 (2081Kb)
By Brook, Railway and Eastern Parish – pp48-51 (3880Kb)
Manor Drive area – pp52-54 (676Kb)
Shockerwick – pp55-57 (2549Kb)
Warleigh – pp58-60 (1341Kb)
Brownes Folly reserve – pp61-63 (3018Kb)

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Smart cameras to help Council understand and improve air quality

Smart cameras and equipment to count incoming traffic are to be deployed by Bath & North East Somerset Council at a range of locations including rush hour hotspots over the coming weeks.   The temporary measures, installation of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras and automated traffic count (ATC) equipment, are aimed at building up a better understanding of the sort of vehicles that journey into and out of Bath as proposals are developed to improve air quality along the A4 London to Bath road.   The Council has worked closely with the central government Joint Air Quality Unit (JAQU) on the nature and extent of the surveys which will run for two weeks from Friday with additional traffic counts being carried out to supplement the ANPR data.   Bath has been identified by the Government as an area where nitrogen dioxide levels are projected to exceed national air quality objectives beyond 2021.Work being undertaken by the Council will explore measures which will improve air quality.   The Council is preparing an initial action plan which will be finalised by March 2018 to be followed by a final draft before the end of next year. This strategy will build upon the wider Bath Air Quality Action Plan which is currently being consulted on.   Councillor Bob Goodman, (Conservative, Combe Down)

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Potential Skate Park

Some younger parishioners with a passion for skateboarding gave a very good presentation to the Parish Council at the last meeting. We are currently investigating the possibility of locating one on the playing field, in the far corner away from properties. Funding will be the ultimate decider, if anybody has any views either way or is aware of funding opportunities please get in touch with the clerk; clerk@bathford.net


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