Architecture & Planning Committee

Architecture & Planning Committee

The Trust aims to influence local, regional and national planning matters in so far as they affect the City of Bath and its environs. We do this by campaigning and providing expert advice and opinion of planning applications, planning policy and legislation, and other matters affecting the World Heritage site and its environs. The Trust’s Architecture and Planning Committee, which meets monthly, considers all relevant planning applications and submits comments to the local planning authority. That committee draws together expert volunteers from the world of planning, architecture, public policy, conservation management and building development.  The Committee is supported in its work by the Trust’s conservation officer, a professional conservation-trained planner. Staff and Committee members also welcome early engagement with developers and architects at an early stage of plans in order to influence the development of a project. Meetings are attended by Caroline Kay (BPT Chief Executive), Joanna Robinson (BPT Conservation Officer) and Sacha Hunter (BPT Architecture & Planning Assistant). Members of the Committee:

Name Title/organisation Expertise/experience
Tom Marshall

Chairman of the Architecture and Planning committee. 

Retired Chartered Surveyor MA (Cambridge University) and a retired Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered   Surveyors and commercial property consultant, specialising in development and   real estate investment.  Formerly deputy   chairman of Lambert Smith Hampton, the national commercial property   consultancy. Non-executive director and Chairman of the Cheshire Building   Society (now part of the Nationwide B.S.) Non-executive director of The   Manchester Airport Group – owners of Manchester, East Midlands, Bournemouth,   Humberside, and Stansted airports.


Robert Hellard

Chairman   of Environs Committee

Chartered    Civil Engineer As Chair of the Environs   Committee, and with strong rural roots, Robert has a special interest in   rural planning issues relating to the Green Belt, AONB and WHS Setting.  He benefits from a practical Engineer’s   understanding of buildings, structures and traffic.
James Ayres Architectural   historian, author and Stone carver As Director of the Judkyn Memorial   at Freshford Manor, James Ayres circulated exhibitions in Europe on the Social History of the USA. His various books include: Building the Georgian City (1998) and Domestic Interiors….1500-1850 (2003). More recently Oxbow has   issued his Traditional Buildings of the   Oxford Region (with John Steane 2013) and   Art, Artisans, and Apprentices (2014). For many years James was a Trustee   of the Bath Preservation Trust and he is currently Patron the of the   Merchant’s House, Marlborough, President of the Wiltshire Buildings Record,   Brother of the Artworkers Guild and Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in   London.
Simon Morray-Jones Architect,   SMJ Architects Simon Morray-Jones qualified as an Architect   (BSc. B.Arch RIBA) in 1983 and now heads a RIBA Chartered Practice of   seventeen, based in the city centre, which specialises in upgrading historic   properties whilst adapting them to the twenty-first century.  He has   considerable experience in all aspects of new build projects and the   restoration, conversion and extension of listed buildings (Grade 1, 2* and   2). He has received numerous awards for such work. Simon has been a Trustee   of the Bath Preservation Trust since 2005.
Mark Wilson-Jones Architect,   and lecturer at University of BathArchitecture/design Mark is a   Senior Lecturer in Architecture and Director of Postgraduate Research. He   teaches architectural history and theory at different levels. His research   concentrates on ancient architecture and its design, along with the   ramifications for developments since the Renaissance. Mark is an architect   and architectural historian. After completing his undergraduate degree at the   University of Cambridge and a diploma in architecture (RIBA Part 2) at the   University of Westminster (then PCL) he went on to win tenure of the Rome   Prize in Architecture at the British School at Rome. Before moving to Bath in   2000 he combined research into architectural history and archaeology with   private practice in London and Rome and part-time teaching at the University   of Rome and several American Universities and research institutes. His book   Principles of Roman Architecture was the first ever book to be awarded both   the Banister Fletcher Prize and the Alice Davis Hitchcock Medallion.
Ann Godfrey Retired   chartered town planner/ landscape officer MA   (Cantab), BA (Landscape Architecture), MRTPI (Ret’d). Now retired from paid   employment. Chartered Town Planner for 30 years with experience as both   provider and recipient of ‘planning’. Consultant for 20 years with   clients/jobs throughout the UK, following experience in local government and   Milton Keynes Development Corporation. Latterly, also designed and monitored   landscape schemes. Active member of local amenity societies since 1968.   Involved in Planning Aid from 1975-85 & 2002-12.
Ainslie Ensom World   Heritage Enhancement Fund Administrator; MSc in Architectural Conservation  Following a career   in Fashion and Textile Design and Botanical Illustration, Ainslie Ensom   gained an MSc in Historic Building Conservation at Bath University, and now   works in the field of practical conservation. Administrator for the World   Heritage Site Enhancement Fund since its inception in 2009, she organises and   oversees projects such as the on-going historic street sign conservation   programme, and as one of the Trustees for Cleveland Pools, Ainslie has a   watching brief on the preservation of the historic integrity of the site   during restoration.
Kay Ross  Architectural historian Kay Ross MA   (Historic Archaeology of the Modern World) Cert HE (Vernacular Architecture)   has researched both architectural and garden history for many years, forming   McLaughlin Ross llp with David McLaughlin, Conservation Architect, in 2005.   The practice specialises in the understanding, conservation and development   of historic buildings and churches, ancient monuments, conservation areas and   historic landscapes, as well as new buildings in historic settings. A key   aspect of Kay’s work involves producing historic and archaeological building   and landscape evaluations, conservation plans and heritage impact   assessments.
Stephen Dalley-Smith   Architect Stephen   has worked as an Architect in private practice in the Bath area for over   thirty three years.  For the past twenty years he has run his   own practice working with new build and Listed buildings in the City of Bath   and the surrounding rural areas. RIBA Housing in the Countryside Award 1999   and other local awards.
Mary Stacey  Project manager/regeneration Mary Sabina Stacey MRTPI, IHBC. B.A., M.A., BTp, Dip Arch   Cons, M.Management. Retired local government officer, specialising in   heritage conservation. Latterly with B&NES, posts included Built Heritage   Manager, Combe Down Stone Mines Project Leader, and finally Development   Manager.
Angela Crofts  Retired architect Retired Chartered Architect, Post   Graduate Diploma in Architectural Conservation from Bristol University.  35 years in private practice in Bath.   Former Architectural Conservation convener for RIBA Wessex. Former member of   the Conservation Advisory Committee for South Glos District Council.
Roger Button  Retired architect Retired   from Buro Happold, locally based consulting engineers working   internationally. Roger has worked in a number of countries on water and   environmental projects.
Varian Tye Planning Officer Recently retired from B&NES as Senior Conservation Officer   in the Historic Building Team, Varian dealt with a wide range of historic   buildings in the City, World Heritage Site, and the surrounding rural area.  Varian has worked in local authority   Conservation/Historic Building Teams for over 30 years. He is a member of   the Institute of Historic Buildings Conservation Officers, and a Member of The Royal Town Planning   Institute.  Varian has a Diploma in Town and Country Planning from   Bristol Polytechnic and a post graduate Diploma in Architectural and Building   Conservation from Leicester Polytechnic.
Arnold Root  Conservation Architect Arnold trained as an architect at Cambridge University.  In 1982 he was awarded a Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings scholarship to learn how to repair buildings conservatively and has remained steadfastly committed to SPAB’s repair philosophy ever since.  After qualifying, he worked as a grants architect in Edinburgh New Town and a conservation officer in Bath for five years and then at English Heritage for 22 years, advising on repair grants to a wide range of historic structures.  He now runs his own small private practice, working on repair and alteration projects to historic buildings.  He lives in Bath and is fascinated by the process of developing and building the extraordinary ordinary Georgian terraced house, and in one 18thC tradesman in particular, Daniel Fowles, a plasterer.  Arnold is an RIBA accredited conservation architect, and a member of the 20th Century Society.

Rob Mitchell




Robert Mitchell founded and runs Mitchell Eley Gould, a contemporary architectural practice in Bath and is an RIBA accredited Specialist Conservation Architects working largely in the education sector on nineteenth century listed buildings. He is a Teaching Fellow at the University of Bath and was the third year studio leader for 5 years.  He previously sat on the RIBA Council for 6 years, was Regional Chair and a member of the Education Committee and currently sits on the Research Grants Committee.  The Practice have won a number of RIBA and RICS awards including for projects in the conservation sector.  He is Commodore of Chew Valley Lake Sailing Club.

Caroline Kay CEO Bath Preservation Trust Caroline Kay has been Chief Executive   of Bath Preservation Trust since September 2007. Since that time she has   overseen the redevelopment of No 1 Royal Crescent, a £5m project funded by   the Heritage Lottery Fund and philanthropic giving, as well as the expansion   of the Trust’s campaigning and educational work.  Before joining BPT,   Caroline worked for many years as a consultant in Arts and Heritage projects   with UK/US consultancy AEA Consulting, and as an expert adviser for the UK   Heritage Lottery Fund.   She started her career working in the House of   Lords, and also worked for the Wellcome Trust. She has a first class degree   from Oxford University in Physiology and Psychology and a Masters in   Organisational Psychology from Bristol University. She is a member of the   Regional Advisory Board of the National Trust in the South West and a   Director of Bath Bridge.
Amy Frost Architectural   Curator of the Trust & Curator of Beckford’s Tower – Dr Amy Frost is the Architectural Curator of the   Bath Preservation Trust based at the Museum of Bath Architecture and   specialises in British architecture of the eighteenth and early nineteenth   century.  Alongside her work on the   built heritage of Bath she is also an expert on the life and aesthetics of   the British collector and writer William Beckford (1760-1844) and is the   Curator of Beckford’s Tower & Museum in Bath.  She is a part-time Teaching Fellow at the   University of Bath, School of Architecture.
Joanna Robinson Conservation Officer – BPT BPT Conservation Officer,BA(Hons) Town & Country Planning,   MA Town Planning, PGDip Architectural Conservation; over 11 years experience   in planning & conservation, in post since 2007
Sacha Hunter Architecture & Planning   Assistant (Intern) – BPT MA Modern  History, MSc Conservation of Historic   Buildings, historic buildings research




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