Western Riverside

Background to Western Riverside

Developers Crest Nicholson has put forward an outline planning application for the major regeneration of 17.5 acres in the Western Riverside area of the city. For many years the site, identifiable by the gasholders, has lain derelict. Under the proposals the site will be transformed into a new residential quarter with restaurants, shops, parks and public areas.

The Trust is very much in favour of the development of the site as a residential area, but development must be in harmony with the World Heritage city. Western Riverside has the potential to regenerate the city, or to damage it. We hope very much that it is the former. Read more…

Prince of Wales Concerned about Bath’s World Heritage Status

The Prince of Wales, BPT’s Patron, has drawn local and national attention to the impact of tall buildings on sensitive historic sites. At an address to his Foundation for the Built Environment he said: “Corporate and residential towers are being proposed across London, and overshadowing world heritage sites from Edinburgh to Bath. For some unaccountable reason we seem to be determined to vandalise these few remaining sites which retain the kind of human scale and timeless character that so attract people to them and which increase in value as time goes by. Read more…

Bath Preservation Trust disappointed at decision not to call in Western Riverside planning application

The Bath Preservation Trust has expressed great disappointment that the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has decided not to call-in the planning application on Bath’s Western Riverside, and that therefore that all the important issues raised by opponents of the scheme will not now be dealt with in a formal public enquiry.

The Preservation Trust had consistently campaigned for the application to be called in on a number of grounds, not least that it would have a detrimental effect on the World Heritage City and was therefore of national and international, not merely local, significance. Read more…

To view the letter from the Government Office for the South West to the Council which sets out their reasons for deciding not to intervene click here.

Bath Preservation Trust ‘will still campaign for improvement’ on Western Riverside

Following the decision taken by the Council on 27th November 2007 regarding the plans for the Western Riverside development, the Bath Preservation Trust issued the following statement to the Press:

Following the decision of the Development Control  Committee of Bath and North East Somerset Council to permit, subject to various conditions, the Outline Planning Application (OPA) for the whole Western Riverside site and the detailed planning application (DPA) for the first phase, Caroline Kay, Chief Executive of the Bath Preservation Trust, said:

“Bath Preservation Trust has consistently opposed this development in its current form (because, inter alia, it will dominate views across the city and its design has not inspired us or others) and it is therefore unsurprising that we are disappointed that the Development Control Committee has, subject to conditions and delegated negotiations, permitted both the OPA and DPA last night. Read more…




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