Wednesday, 23 July 2008

More housing - bitumin Brown urban extension

The government has announced a further 21,000 houses are to be built in Bath and North East Somerset that increases the number of houses by a quarter. What does it mean for Odd Down. The figures have an increase of 500 for the Bath Urban extension. The area possibly affected is around Sulis Meadows, down Old Fosse Road, and along Rush Hill right along to the Globe roundabout and then along the A4 to Bath- ALL of it green space, a lot of it area of outstanding natural beauty and all green belt !

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This is what Don Foster has to say

Government have gone barking mad over new homes total – Foster

Commenting on the release of the Regional Spatial Strategy for the South West of England, Bath MP Don Foster has said that the Government has gone “barking mad” in their demands for new homes in Bath & North East Somerset.

Don said, “It was the view of Bath and North East Somerset Council that only 15,000 new homes should be built, but now the Government has called for over 21,000! We had agreed to what was already a very difficult challenge in terms of building 6,000 new homes within Bath, and an extra 1,500 as part of an urban extension to the South West, but now the Government have increased that figure too.

“House-building has almost ground to a halt in light of the global economic downturn, and this project looks beyond deliverability in the 15 years it has to come to fruition. The Government is simply barking mad.

“Across the district, 66% of the authority area is either an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty or Green Belt land and the Government themselves have admitted building to the South will be limited due to inadequate transport links.

“The total is even more bizarre considering we can’t include new student builds. We have two large and expanding universities who are planning to expand accommodation on their own sites. This will free up affordable housing within the city, but yet this can’t count towards our target.”

Sainsbury's for Odd Down - more houses at Hayesfield site ?

Please let us have your views - below is the press release from the developer of the Hayesfield Site


A public exhibition showing proposals for a mixed-use housing, community and retail development on land between St Martin’s Primary School and the site of The Link and Threeways Schools in Odd Down, is taking place on Friday 1 and Saturday 2 August 2008.

A medium-sized food store to be operated by Sainsbury’s, a sports hall and clubhouse, a parade of shops, a nursing home and housing for the elderly are all included in proposals that aim to create a district centre with facilities that meet with local needs.

The exhibition is being organised by property consultants, Storegap Commercial, on behalf of property development company, Odd Down Developments.

The proposed site is on disused land previously owned by Hayesfield School. The sale of the land has enabled the school to move forward with plans for a multi-million pound sports complex at its main site on Oldfield Park Road.

The exhibition will take place at St Martin’s Primary School on Friday 1 August 10am – 6pm and Saturday 2 August 10am – 2pm.

Monday, 21 July 2008

Don Foster Surgery

There will be a Don Foster surgery at the Odd Down Community Association on 20th September 10-11 am no appointment necessary.

Closure of Rush Hill (temporary)

The council has published the following notice it will be interested to see how the traffic copes, maybe a rest from the speed residents suffer from normally.

Notice is hereby given that the Bath and North East Somerset Council in pursuance of the provisions of section 14 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 as amended intends to make an order the effect of which will be to temporarily close to vehicles Rush Road, Bath from its junction with Somerdale View in a north westerly direction for 150 metres.

This order is required because of the likelihood of danger to the public consequent upon sewer works and will be operative from the 10 August for a maximum period of one month. However, the restriction may not be effected for the whole of the period but it is anticipated that the road will be closed as and when traffic signs are in position and only for so long as is necessary to execute the works which it is anticipated will be for TWO WEEKS.

ALTERNATIVE ROUTE Frome Road Wellsway – Hatfield Road - Englishcombe Lane – Rush Hill.

Sunday, 13 July 2008

Odd Down Community association (2)

The official launch is looking like being 27th September. Please let me know if you have any ideas / suggestions for stalls / information stands / activities etc please can you contact one of us.

Sign at roundabout

The sign erected on the roundabout outside of Clarks site, does not comply with planning regulations, and so had to be removed.

Clarks education

A lot of money was given for education, we will be trying to work out where it all went !

From a question to cabinet

£389,530 to be provided towards the cost of improving secondary and post-16 educational facilities in the area including the development.

Clarks - Rush Hill transport improvments

With a lot of developments there is as part of the development money given for improvements in the local area. This is know as section 106 money after the section of the act.

So what happened with Clarks.

Section 106 agreement is for a New roundabout on Rush Hill at junction with Old Fosse road. 3 bus shelters, 2 on Rush Hill & one Bloomfield Drive, puffin crossing at St Philips school. Contribution towards free flow of & accessibility to public transport £135,000. By the time it was paid total amount came to about £176K

Sunday, 6 July 2008

Clarks Factory Site - progress

We are still in ongoing discussions with the planning department regarding the Clarks factory, is it too big or not ? The council officers say they need to be certain that there is a problem before they can take any action and are in discussions with the developers. For more information on enforcement

Old Smiles building up for let

There were many rumours running throughout Odd Down that the Smiles building had been let by the CO-OP, it is now up to let. We are disappointed that this has taken so long, with the building empty there has been a lot of vandalism. Along with the police team we have been doing what we can to keep this to a minimum. Let hope for a new beginning for this store.

Polyclinics for Bath Yes or No

Many of you who have gone to the doctors recently will have noticed a petition being collected at the surgery about polyclinics. Bath's MP Don Foster is interested in your views.

Polyclinics should be a local choice – Don

Don is asking residents whether or not they want a Polyclinic in Bath. If you would like to see one then simply e-mail or if you think Bath could do without then please e-mail

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