BPT Responds to Initial Bath River Line Consultations

BPT Responds to Initial Bath River Line Consultations


 A public consultation invited initial feedback to the Bath River Line green infrastructure project to rejuvenate the river corridor through Bath, from Newbridge to Batheaston. The project will consider improvements to towpaths, parks and open spaces, and public realm directly next to the river.

Consultation included designs for Brassmill Lane Park, Kelston’s Field, Norfolk Crescent, and Green Park as produced as part of the WaterSpace Study.

The Trust voiced in-principle support of proposals which would enhance biodiversity,  increase visibility and connection between green spaces and their river setting, and provide improved public amenity (seating, play parks, etc.).

With regard to interventions such as wayfinding, shared surfaces, path/step/ramp edging and surfacing, seating and cycle parking, we emphasised the importance of visual and design coherence between all four areas and the wider city environment, and accordance with the Pattern Book for Bath. We have raised this point in relation to the ‘parklets’ and the potentially harmful consequence of multiple designs, materials and finishes on the cohesive character of the Bath City-Wide Conservation Area.

Public consultation has now closed, but you can find out more and read consultation documents in full here.

Draft designs will be produced that reflect the feedback from this consultation, and ideas to improve the spaces. There will then be a further consultation for input into the final design in March 2021.