Somerset planning: New student accommodation for Bath

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Plans for more student accommodation in Bath, flats above a vets in Weston-super-Mare, and a house in another house’s garden in a Somerset village are among the schemes people are trying to get planning permission for in Bath and North East Somerset and North Somerset.

Every week, the two neighbouring unitary authorities receive hundreds of planning applications and we have selected some of the most interesting proposals.

All planning applications are available for public inspection on the respective council’s website. Most plans will be decided by council planning officers, but some of the most significant or contentious will go before the councils’ planning committee. Planning committees are made up of elected councillors but decisions should be decided based on the council’s planning policies, not local politics — although it doesn’t always turn out that way.

New block of student accommodation planned for Bath

An empty building in Bath could be turned into a new block of student accommodation.

Baker’s House, just by the railway in Twerton, was built for employment use recently but has not attracted any businesses to move in. It’s neighbour on Old Bakery Yard is a 63-bed block of student accommodation, and now the building’s owners want to convert the building to more of the same.

A statement submitted with a planning application to Bath and North East Somerset Council said there was an “obvious opportunity” to turn it into student accommodation to be managed together with the other building on Old Bakery Yard. Accommodation for 18 students could be located at the building — nine per floor, which would share a kitchen — to bring the total number of students across both buildings up to 81.

The statement said: “Old Bakery Yard is an established location for [purpose built student accommodation] and the proposed development will make a small but valuable contribution to meeting student accommodation needs in Bath.”

It added that Baker’s House is “not attractive as a business premises” as there was no interest from developers, despite it being marketed for two years.

You can view and comment on the plans here.

Flats planned above vets

Four flats could soon be built above a vets in Weston-super-Mare.

Prior approval is being sought from North Somerset Council to turn office units above Vets4Pets on Milton Road into four flats. The flats would each have one double bedroom and a combined kitchen and living room. They would also have handy access to the Co-op also located in the building.

Plans were first submitted in December but were turned down over a lack of information about the noise impacts. Now they have been resubmitted to the council with a noise assessment, stating: “The proposals will not give rise to significant adverse effects on health and quality of life.”

You can view and comment on the plans here.

New house could be built in village garden

The owner of a house in a Somerset village is hoping to build a house in his garden.

15 Woodview in Paulton has a large garden next to the fields that mark the end of the village. Now a planning application to Bath and North East Somerset Council says this is an “ideal opportunity” to build a new house on the land.

A statement submitted with the planning application said: “The existing dwelling sits in a very large plot with ample space on the west part to provide a nice size three bed detached dwelling. The new dwelling will be constructed in similar materials as the existing dwelling.”

You can view and comment on the plans here.

Plan to replace 'dangerous' chimney

A new chimney could soon be built on a Grade I listed Bath building.

The chimney stack of no. 5 on Henrietta Street, a terrace of large Georgian townhouses, was found to be “defective and in a dangerous condition.” It was removed earlier this year to prevent it falling onto the street.

Now plans have been submitted to reinstate the chimney stack, using new stone to match the original. Three of the seven chimney pots will be re-used but four which are beyond repair will be replaced with matching ones.

You can view and comment on the plans here.