Bath Rugby recently filed a scoping application https://bit.ly/2ZyCKgh for the Environmental Impact Assessment which they will be required to submit with their substantive planning application. This suggests that they are on track to submit a planning application in the foreseeable future. Bath Rugby have been consultative and open in their approach to Bath Preservation Trust…
The Recreation Ground and its use by Bath Rugby has long been a topic of debate and discussion within the city and the Trust has monitored and responded to various planning applications and consultations over the years. In 2017 the Trust was involved in key stakeholder workshops to help the new Stadium for Bath project team begin their assessments and research to inform a development brief for a new stadium for Bath Rugby on the Rec. An ‘Exploring the Opportunity’ document was published in late 2017 and the project team have now appointed the architects Grimshaw.
In early 2018 a draft development brief was published and at each stage of the project the Trust has responded with constructive comments and observations. The next stages will involve a finalised development brief and then design option consultations, with a planning application expected in late 2018.
The Trust’s position on the principle of development on the Rec has always been clear. We are open to the opportunities for a new stadium on the Rec and regeneration of the riverside but our primary focus will be the protection of the Outstanding Universal Value of the World Heritage Site and the impact/s any structure would have on Bath, its heritage and its landscape setting. We will continue to consult closely as a design comes forward in 2018.
Useful links: http://stadiumforbath.com/