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Bath Scheme Could Face Delays

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Plans to build 136 student beds in Bath could be delayed due to a legal challenge submitted by the Bath Preservation Trust.

The trust said that someone needed to stand up to Bath & North East Somerset Council and is considering its first judicial review in more than a decade against the authority. However, expectations are that the challenge is unlikely to succeed.

Cricket club chairman Matt Hankins said: "The approved development will enable us to provide state-of-the-art facilities which will benefit not only the club but the wider community."

"Our aim is to also increase our outreach within the city, encouraging a love of cricket and healthy lifestyles for all."

B&NES Council's development management committee made a rational and balanced decision that weighed the development impacts against considerable public benefits."

"Subsequent to making the decision, the council's planning officials obtained an independent legal opinion, which concluded that a judicial review would be unlikely to succeed."

Under the plans the club will create a 128-space car park, as well as a 136-bed student accommodation complex and new indoor training facility.