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Eric Parry's Holburne Museum could face yet another challenge

‘Outraged’ opponents of Eric Parry’s recently approved extension to Bath’s Grade I-listed Holburne Museum could challenge the decision in court.

Last month (28 November) Bath and North East Somerset Council approved revised plans for a £10 million addition to the museum and gallery after initial proposals were unexpectedly rejected in July.

Yet conservationists opposed to the controversial scheme feel the reworked designs are still out of keeping with the city’s historic architecture – even though Parry reduced the height of the original scheme and changed the colour of the ceramic cladding to match the local Bath stone.

Now a long-term critic of the project has revealed there are plans in the pipeline to launch judicial review proceedings against the decision.

Former architect Stephen Marks said: ‘Many of us believe that the [council’s final report outlining the approval from the council] itself is so flawed that it is wide open to challenge in the Courts.’

‘This goes far beyond what could be justified by the discussion at the committee meeting and by the report they were considering.’

However, he added that cash could prevent anyone bringing legal proceedings.

He said: ‘[This would be] a very serious and potentially costly action to take with the risk of losing and this is still being considered.’

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