Installation of gabion boundary retaining walls to the North East corner of the site and repositioning of the existing retaining wall to the West of the property and extending towards…
Our Response

9 Van Diemen’s Lane is an unlisted contemporary dwelling situated within the Bath World Heritage Site, overlooking the boundary of the Bath and Bristol Green Belt and Cotswolds AONB.

It would be helpful to clarify how the proposed boundary wall would relate to the existing established hedgerow along the north-east boundary line of the garden, as well as the intersecting tree belt that runs from the garden boundary to the north. Where it is proposed to construct a gabion retaining wall along the north-east corner, it is presumed that this would be contained within the site boundary and as such wouldn’t be publicly visible. Should the wall form a more publicly visible intervention as part of the transition between the garden and its wider agricultural setting, we would recommend the use of a more traditional boundary treatment, such as a rubble stone wall with a cock ‘n’ hen capping, where this would be more compatible with the special qualities of the AONB.

Application Number: 23/01967/FUL
Application Date: 26/05/2023
Closing Date: 06/07/2023
Address: 9 Van Diemen's Lane, Lansdown, Bath
Our Submission Status: Comment