The Bird, 18-19 Pulteney Road, Bathwick
18-19 Pulteney Street is an unlisted mid-19th century semi-detached villa, now restaurant and hotel, situated within the Bath conservation area and World Heritage Site. It is considered a Non-Designated Heritage Asset (NDHA) due to its attractive, Italianate appearance and contribution to the spacious and grand villa streetscape appearance and character of the conservation area. The rear of the building overlooks the Recreation Ground as well as being publicly visible from William Street. The building rear is currently extensively tarmacked for parking, and the single storey 20th century extensions are of negligible historic or aesthetic value.
We have some concerns regarding the provision of multiple structures at the building rear with regards to the visual cluttering of the building as viewed in mid-range views from the Recreation Ground. We note that the proposed “domes” have been excluded from the proposed rear elevation drawings. We do not feel that the proposed visual impact on the conservation area can be accurately assessed from the application in its current form due to the exclusion of crucial views from drawings and an absence of demonstrated consideration for potential impact on visual amenity and character and appearance of the conservation area.