61 Frome Road, Odd Down, Bath
The proposed site of development is located along Frome Road, situated within the Bath World Heritage Site and the indicative townscape context of the Bath conservation area. The site forms part of the historic core of what was known as Odd Down in the 19th century, situated at the junction between Frome Road and Bloomfield Road. A number of traditional buildings are retained in this area in a mix of Bath stone ashlar, stone blockwork, and rubble stone.
BPT is generally unsupportive of unauthorised works that go ahead before securing the appropriate planning permission.
We are concerned to see the unauthorised replacement of the northern retaining wall which was indicated to be retained as part of the permitted application.
The proposed use of reconstituted stone across all elevations, including the principal street-facing elevation is potentially harmful to the character and local distinctives of the townscape. Reconstituted stone is not an acceptable alternative to Bath stone, as it does not suitably replicate the aesthetic or material qualities of natural Bath stone. Recon stone is typically a brash and aesthetically bright material that is more resistant to wear, and would therefore provide a sharp, jarring contrast against the natural Bath stone palette of a number of traditional buildings in the streetscape.
The application is contrary to Policies CP6, D1, D2, D3, D5, and HE1 of the Core Strategy and Placemaking Plan and should be refused or withdrawn. We maintain a strong preference for natural Bath stone as previously proposed in application 17/05389/FUL.