St Andrew’s Community Church, Hawthorn Grove, Combe Down

Display of 1no. externally illuminated new church sign positioned on the corner of the church grounds to the left of the main entrance.
Our Response

St Andrews Community Church is an unlisted, contemporary building situated within the Bath World Heritage site. It forms part of the predominantly residential, community use of the Foxhill character area.

BPT resists the principle of illuminated signage. Bath is recognised as a low-illuminated city in which the maintained low levels of lighting complement the historic character and appearance of the city, and create a distinctive evening and night-time atmosphere. Therefore, the use of illuminated signage would be of detriment to the special qualities of the World Heritage site, and out of character with the otherwise residential character and appearance of Hawthorn Grove.

Additionally, we would question the replacement of the existing church noticeboard, currently used to display local news and community events and opportunities. Its replacement would therefore remove an aspect of Foxhill’s immediate community engagement, and the Trust is cautious that this may prompt the future erection of further signs in the vicinity.

Application Number: 20/02647/AR
Application Date: 24/07/2020
Closing Date: 17/08/2020
Address: St Andrew's Community Church, Hawthorn Grove, Combe Down
Our Submission Status: Comment