Revised plans for the environmentally sensitive Englishcombe Lane development site in Bath are due for review by the Bath & North East Somerset Council cabinet.

The Thursday September 8 report to cabinet recommends advancing a plan to provide much-needed local accommodation for adults with learning disabilities and/or autism that will reduce the need for out-of-area placements away from family and friends. The proposals would see nine bungalows and seven apartments built on the site and include measures to protect the ecology of the area.

Cabinet is being asked to approve the allocation of £320,000 in capital funding to carry out further development work on the proposals before the plans are submitted for approval.

Councilor Kevin Guy, leader of the council, said: “We have listened to residents and asked our officers to revise the original site plans and come up with a smaller scheme that provides essential support for vulnerable people, while ensuring protection. enhancement of the important local ecology. The Cabinet will carefully consider the report before deciding to move the proposals forward. »

The Report to Cabinet outlines five options for the site. He says four of them were rejected due to scale of development, infrastructure requirements, unit cost and suitability of hosting.

The recommended preferred option would provide a responsive low density, small scale development offering a range of housing options to meet the needs of approximately 16 tenants. The program would enable people with learning disabilities and/or autism to live as independently as possible, but with the necessary care and support.

Under the proposals, greater protection would be given to flora and fauna with the inclusion of a 10m buffer zone around the tufa site as well as a bat corridor and protective measures for badgers, reptiles and small mammals. In addition, the houses delivered would be very energy efficient.

The report states that the ecological sensitivity of the site offers the possibility of creating a peaceful and calming environment for people with specialized housing needs.

You can read the full report to Cabinet here.