Roman City Guest House, 18 Raby Place, Bathwick, Bath
18 Raby Place is a Grade II listed early 19th century end-of-terrace townhouse, situated within the Bath City-Wide Conservation Area and World Heritage Site. It forms part of the terraced setting to the south-eastern end of the Grade II* 1-17 Raby Place, with which it is contemporaneous in its construction. 1-18 Raby Place are collectively attributed to John Pinch the Elder. Formerly a self-contained residential dwelling, the building is currently in use as a holiday let (Class C1).
In principle, BPT is supportive of the proposed change of use to bring the building back into residential use as a self-contained 6-bed dwelling. Bringing the building back into use as a dwelling would contribute to Bath’s established housing targets within a sustainable, well-connected location. The residential use of the building would be coherent with the building’s original historic use, and the wider character of the surrounding townscape where this is primarily residential, and a key transition point with the more suburban character areas on the edge of Bath.
As part of proposals, there are no external or internal material works proposed and as such there would be negligible impact to the fabric of a listed building.
In the interest of meeting local housing need, the best use for the building is for it to be brought back into long-term residential use where this would be consistent with the established character of the local area, rather than further short-term holiday lets.