Bath Cricket Ground to Become Accommodation for Students

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Plans have been put forward to develop a 140-bed student accommodation block on the site of the Bath Cricket Club ground in the city centre.

The scheme includes plans for a new indoor training facility, which the club says it needs in order to safeguard its future, as the existing building no longer meets the minimum requirements as outlined by the English Cricket Board.

So far, the applicant has only submitted a screening opinion to Bath and North East Somerset Council, with a public exhibition outlining the plans, scheduled for next month.

Bath Cricket Club chairman Matt Hankins suggested that in order to develop the clubs ambitions they need to maximum their assets, which in turn will protect the work they wish to achieve. To facilitate this the club has decided to pursue an element of private development on its city centre site.

The student accommodation is being proposed by specialists Gilltown Limited and calls for the construction of a 145-bed student scheme, complete with car parking.

The plans also include the demolition of the existing cricket centre and gym, which will subsequently be replaced with new facilities.

Commenting on the plans managing director of Gilltown Limited, Paul Gillespie, said: "The plan is to build a brand-new cricket school and gymnasium to re-engineer the site" and the company has been working "for some time to improve the club's facilities".

The accommodation will be available to University of Bath students.