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Green light for Robert Adam housing scheme on former MoD site

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Bath and North East Somerset Council has approved this contentious 204-home scheme by ADAM Architecture within the city’s World Heritage Site boundaries

The project for developer Square Bay will be built on redundant former Ministry of Defence land in Warminster Road - a brownfield plot identified by the authority for new homes.

Robert Adam’s practice made several changes to its original plans, in response to objections from residents in neighbouring areas, including shifting the plots one metre from the site’s boundary to address overlooking issues.

Despite the alterations three of the authority’s 13 planning committee members voted against the plans - which had been recommended for approval - with councillor David Martin stating that the development was‘seriously deficient in many respects’

English Heritage also raised its concerns over the scheme which is made up mostly two and three storey terraced housing, with five blocks of flats at four to five storeys.

According to the practice, the classical style of the homes has been ‘adapted for a contemporary context’. Natural slate roofs, traditional Bath stone and timber window frames are among the materials used throughout the development.

The approved scheme includes 40 per cent affordable housing and the developers have made ‘significant contributions’ of land and financial assistance to a neighbouring primary school.

Plans also incorporate a significant area of landscaped green space and tree planting on areas overlooking the Kennett and Avon Canal, with plans to enhance a public right of way, as well as a landscaped amphitheatre on the canal side.

Robert Adam, architect for the scheme, said: ‘We are adding something new to the classical legacy of Bath, in the same tradition as the Georgians but interpreted for modern needs. It will provide much-needed housing, surrounded by green space and alongside the canal with its own distinctive character’.

Markham Hanson of Square Bay, said: ‘We fully recognise the importance of this site with regard to Bath’s World Heritage Site, which is why we adopted a traditional approach to the design and materials.

‘Weve also included extensive areas of natural landscaped areas, enhancing the canalside setting, which we hope will be used and enjoyed by all in the city.’

Warminster Road, ADAM Architecture

Source: ADAM Architecture

Warminster Road, ADAM Architecture

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