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Bath Student Accommodation Block Refused

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Plans to build a 394-bed student accommodation block at the old gasworks site on the corner of Windsor Bridge and Upper Bristol Road, have been refused by Bath and North East Somerset Council.

Earlier in the year councillors as well as Bath MP Ben Howlett, helped to organise a petition against the proposals on the basis that the development would have a detrimental impact on parking and that the space could instead help to provide conventional housing.

The petition managed to achieve 229 signatures and was presented to the Council as part of the consultation on the planning application.

Subsequently the application was refused by the council who suggested that it would "reduce the housing numbers anticipated to come forward in the Bath Western Riverside area and as such would adversely affect the realisation of the spatial strategy for the city in relation to housing".

The council also cited that the proposed buildings were inappropriate in design and use of materials, and that due to its location close to the river path the development could be harmful to the appearance of the City of Bath Conservation Area and the World Heritage Site.

Bath MP Ben Howlett welcomed the news suggesting that local residents were strongly opposed to the development.