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FCBS' Western Riverside wins thumbs up from council despite conservation fears

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Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios’ (FCBS) controversial Western Riverside scheme in Bath has been minded for approval by a council planning committee.

The vast housing and retail project, backed by developer Crest Nicholson, was passed 11-1 at a Bath and North East Somerset council meeting this week, with a resolution to grant planning subject to 106 agreements.

The first phase of the scheme was also supported 10-1, which will see retail space and 339 residential units being built on the brownfield site.

Crest Nicholson managing director south west Debbie Aplin said: ‘It has taken 11 months and we now just want to get started. It is still subject to the government office granting planning permission. Hopefully they will go with us but we still have to wait and see.’

The council’s decision to back the scheme is likely to stir controversy amiong heritage campaigners, however. Two weeks ago ICOMOS-UK, which acts as special advisor to UNESCO on World Heritage Sites, threatened to put Bath on the ‘in danger list’ should the council grant FCBS’ scheme planning approval.

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