Help the Newton St Loe Conservation Group prevent the destruction of 202 acres of greenfield and farmland just outside of Bath city!
Welcome to NSL Conservation We are a group of local people working to protect and conserve the pristine 18TH century village of Newton St Loe (NSL) and its surrounding environment.
The Group has been fighting plans to build 2000 homes on Duchy fields to the west of Twerton on farmland and Green Belt adjacent to Newton st Loe.
The BANES Core Strategy has now been approved. The overall housing requirement now proposed by the Council of around 13,000 dwellings for 2011-2029 has been found 'sound'.
In respect of the Newton St Loe fields (west of Twerton site) - The Inspectors report of June 2014 states that 'there is strong objection to identifying this location for potential development in the future because of the adverse impact on the setting of the World Heritage Site (WHS) and Green Belt purposes' (189)
We believe the government and Duchy should protect farmland and greenbelt - particularly for local food production, as climate change impacts on food security and the cost of food transportation globally
We want to protect the intergity of the WHS status and the unique setting of Bath and outlying villages. We also want to see the government prioritise and incentivise the use of brownfield sites to meet housing needs, as well as listed buildings, disused properties and industrial buildings.
Thank you fot helpig us to protect the land around NSL and the special setting of Bath!
To conserve the village of Newton St Loe and its traditional English landscape/environs in order to best serve its community and visitors
To represent the views of villagers in NSL to the Government and the Duchy of Cornwall regarding objections to the Regional Spatial Strategy and the proposal to build 2000 houses on the green fields and farmlands adjacent to our village
To protect the green belt on the SW of Bath â€?Itâ€™s ecology, wildlife, farmlands and natural space
To promote the development of brown field sites and urban regeneration as a priority
B&NES closed the consultation deadline on the 15th of January 2010. Here are some of the responses to the Core Stratergy document:
English Heritage: â€śconsiders the spatial strategy is currently fundamentally flawed, particularly in relation to suggested locations for urban extensions to the City of Bath, and in its present state we would robustly challenge its soundnessâ€?more > Bath Preservation Trust: â€?/span>The two District-Wide Spatial Options fail to achieve the Councilâ€™s stated objective of regenerating brownfield sites ahead of greenfield development (â€? The Councilâ€™s preferred option for protecting the setting of the World Heritage Site fails to comply with the UNESCO operational guidelinesâ€? more Corston Parish Council: â€śconsiders that many of the objectives in the Core Strategy document are founded on flawed assumptions, contradictory and illogical and therefore unworthy of implementationâ€? more >
Campaign for the Protection Rural England (CPRE): â€śWe need to maintain the unique setting of Bath and avoid a sprawl into the surrounding countryside. We urgently need to progress with a Buffer Zone around Bath, the World Heritage Siteâ€?more >
NSL Conservation Group: â€?/span>The solution being proposed of an urban extension is the most unacceptable to local residents. BANES need to review its planning constraints and revise its approach. It needs to prioritise Brownfield development, MOD sites, and maximise use of existing empty propertiesâ€? more >
REVD DR CATHERINE SOURBUT Curate of Saltford, Corston and Newton St Loe: "The Duchy is clearly enthusiastic about the possibility of the huge financial gain to themselves if the proposed housing development goes ahead on this National Heritage site currently owned by them." more >
Natural England and the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE): â€śThe Green Belt is an important environmental resource that, managed effectively, can help tackle climate change, support wildlife and provide health and leisure opportunities for millions to enjoy.â€?more >
English Heritage: â€śconsiders the spatial strategy is currently fundamentally flawed
Friday 15th of January; B&NES closed the deadline for Core Strategy Consultation.
Friday 15th of January; Bath Preservation Trust "Slams" Core Strategy Document: Read More>
Thursday 7th January. Meeting at Village Hall Newton St Loe. 2009:
B&NES extend Core Strategy deadline to Jan 15th due to overwhelming public response.
Public Meeting in Corston village â€?3rd Nov 2009, 7.30pm Corston Church 14th Nov 10.00am Globe Inn â€?group photo for the campaign against the 2000 house build
Regular meetings to discuss and organise forward action
Letters from over 30 households sent to the Secretary of State and to the Prince of Wales
Letters sent to MPs and parliamentary candidates requesting transparency on their position re the RSS and Core strategy
Media coverage in Bath Chronicle/on Bath FM
Representations made on 1st Oct BANES special Council Meeting on the Core Strategy 2008:
Conducted village survey on residents opinions and concerns on RSS; Petition signed by over 110 residents. Both sent to GOSW for public consultation on RSS
Also sent to the Duchy of Cornwall/other bodies