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Plans for £50 million Bath Quays South project amended a second time - and open for consultation

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Written by: Bath Chronicle | Posted 21 February 2017 6:00

Plans for £50 million Bath Quays South project amended a second time - and open for consultation

Plans for the controversial Bath Quays South project have been amended for a second time - and the public have three weeks to have their say on the changes.

Bath and North East Somerset Council went back to the drawing board on its £50 million project after heritage groups remained dissatisfied with revised plans released at the end of last year.

Historic England and the Bath Preservation Trust said they still had concerns about the height, bulk and depth of the development after the council reduced its height and "visual impact" in response to objections raised during initial consultation.

The council says it is "confident" that its latest revisions address those concerns.

The Bath Quays South project describes a large riverside development in the city centre with three new buildings containing flats, office space and "creative workspace". It would involve a major overhaul of the Newark Works building.

According to the council, the latest changes made to its planning application include:

  • The lowering of the office building by a full storey, reducing the height by 4.3m from the original planning submission. The new scheme will still achieve the required office space as agreed in the Placemaking Plan.
  • Introducing Bath stone to the river/city facing elements of the office building with the use of a recessed grey brick to the south to further articulate the building into two separate elements. The office building has been designed to have reduced visual impact with a sloping roofs and using complementary materials for both parts of the building.
  • A full storey has been removed from the central residential building, reducing its height by 3m. The number of dwellings has been reduced from 67 to a maximum of 60.

An artist's impression of how Bath Quays South could look as seen from the north bank of the River Avon; 
drawing does not incorporate the second set of revisions

The council team responsible for the project believes the alterations address the concerns raised while still delivering the office space needed by Bath's business community.

Speaking for the regeneration and project team, Patrick Anketell-Jones (Cons, Lansdown), Cabinet Member for Economic Development, said: "We have listened carefully to the feedback we received on the initial plans for Bath Quays South.

"This is a landmark development and it is essential it fits into the fabric of the local landscape.

"We are confident that the new plans address the concerns of heritage groups.

"Bath Quays South has traditionally been an important employment area for the city and our proposals will transform it from redundant industrial workplaces to new and hi-tech premises for future facing business."

The public have until March 9 to comment on the amended plans.

To view the updated planning application visit http://bit.ly/2lW6JuT or go to the B&NES Council website and search for Planning Application Reference:16/04818/EREG03.

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