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- 30 Milsom Street, City Centre, Bath
Internal and external alterations to convert former bank to restaurant, including: Remove modern partition walls and fit engineered timber floorboards on top of the existing floor structure to ground floor Main House. Remove partitions to open area between Main House and Mews House. Convert Mews House ground floor storeroom to kitchen, including fitting extraction fan. Change timber shop front to black. Plus, various other works to make good and renovate the property.
Due to the building’s centralised location within the city’s historic centre and retained use of traditional shop front vernacular, the shop frontage is expected to comply with relevant guidance regarding the appropriate use of materials, colours, and a lack of illuminated signage, in keeping with the wider historic character of the Bath conservation area and World Heritage Site.
We note that the ground floor premises has been vacant since 2018, and we therefore welcome the opportunity to bring the building back into active, commercial use on one of Bath’s most significant retail streets.
We are supportive of the proposed repainting of the existing, traditional style timber shopfront, and commend the proposal of hand-lettered signage on the fascia which would preserve the traditional shopfront character and appearance of the conservation area. However, we strongly recommend that further details are submitted regarding the specific colour and proposed finish to be used; we suggest a matte finish would be more aesthetically appropriate in this context.
We note that the shopfront proposals in this LBA do not match with the recently-submitted AR application (see 21/04071/AR) which proposes steel letters with a “rust effect”. This discrepancy between applications should be resolved to make clear the nature of works proposed.