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Approval Granted for 136-bed Bath Scheme

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Bath councillors have gone against recommendations and approved plans for a 136-bed student development at Bath Cricket Club.

Concerns were raised over potential flooding, the loss of trees and the design of the scheme in the city's 'green heart'.

However, planning committee members voted in favour of Bath Cricket Club's bid to diversify its income stream and to reach the next generation of players.

The club's finance director argued the development would provide a unique opportunity, providing facilities that would benefit all elements of the community.

The site is currently used as a 128-space car park and indoor training facility, which would both be replaced by the new scheme.

The proposed development received backing from the University of Bath, who suggest there wasn't the capacity on campus to meet identified needs. However, officers suggested there wasn't enough evidence to support the need for more student accommodation.

Committee members also said the design fell short of the Georgian architecture that Bath is famous for and urged the architects to deliver something more suitable.

Despite the concerns members voted five to four in favour of approving the application.