The Conservation team at Bath Preservation Trust is made up of Joanna Robinson (Senior Conservation Officer) and Alexandra Best (Planning and Conservation Assistant). The team is advised and supported in-house by Dr Amy Frost, who is an architectural historian and Senior Curator of the Trust’s four museums. The role and remit of the team is to monitor and influence development in Bath to ensure that change is well-managed, high quality, sensitive and appropriate to Bath’s very special interest as a World Heritage Site. We do this by monitoring all planning applications and responding formally to a number of them, being a stakeholder and ‘critical friend’ in many local projects and groups, offering advice, support and learning on a very wide range of issues and topics including Bath’s large development sites and by proactively engaging with B&NES on many matters affecting the city today.
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The team is supported by our Architecture, Planning & Place Committee, a group of professional advisers from a wide range of relevant backgrounds, including surveying, town planning, building conservation and architecture. The committee meets every second Tuesday of the month to consider planning applications and pre-application presentations. The aim is always to respond with clear and constructive observations and advice. We positively welcome any requests by developers to engage with them on developments large and small, and the earlier the better.
Joanna and Alexandra are based at the Old School House in the courtyard of the Museum of Bath Architecture on the Vineyards, Paragon. You are welcome to drop in and see us with any relevant Bath-related planning issue you would like to discuss, or for conservation/listed building advice, though it may be an idea to phone ahead on 01225 338727 to make sure we are in the office that day. For queries please do email Alexandra on firstname.lastname@example.org.