- Application Number
- Application Date
- Closing Date
- The Studio, 19 Caroline Buildings, Widcombe, Bath
Internal alterations to the central studio building to create a habitable bedroom with en-suite. External alterations for the replacement of all windows, doors and garage door to both the central and garage building and installation of 2no. roof lights and solar PV panels.
There is some uncertainty as to the current and proposed use of the extensions to the rear of the main building, which the application identifies as “a self-contained one-bed house”. This is not indicated in the existing plans; whilst a kitchen, bathroom, and living/office space are identified, there is currently no bedroom and therefore this space cannot be defined as a dwelling. This would suggest that this application potentially proposes a change of use, but this is not addressed within the documentation provided. We therefore suggest that the case officer seeks further clarity on this aspect of the scheme, particularly with regards as to whether there would be any change with how ‘the studio’ interacts with the ground floor of 19 Caroline Buildings to facilitate access.
In light of the current Climate Emergency, the Trust is supportive of the installation of PV panels where this would not significantly compromise historic fabric or the distinctive character and appearance of the historic environment. Due to the shallow roof pitch of the rear workshop, we feel that the addition of PV panels on the south-eastern roof slope would not be of significant visibility from the canal towpath, but there is longer-range visibility from the south from Abbey View Gardens and the allotments that should be considered. The Trust strongly recommends that further design information is provided for the panels to ensure a low visual impact; the use of monochrome, non-reflective panels with a matte finish is recommended in accordance with Policy SCR2 of the Core Strategy and Placemaking Plan. Black frames are favoured to mitigate an otherwise strident appearance out of character with Bath’s roofscape. We additionally suggest that the panels sit as flush as possible with the roof line to lower them out of the line of sight from the towpath.