It’s not cricket says Preservation Trust

Corner site of the proposed development.

Bath Preservation Trust has not given up the battle to stop the go-ahead of a student accommodation scheme being built on part of the Bath Cricket Club site – despite the fact it has been granted a planning green light.

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An aerial view of the club and the car park area they have permission to redevelop.

I hear they have now sent a pre-action letter to BANES relating to the proposed judicial review of BANES decision to grant planning permission for the development of a 136 bed student accommodation and cricket club facilities at the Bath Cricket Club.

In a statement – released to the press – a spokesperson said: “Bath Preservation Trust feel strongly about, and have considered very closely,  the Development Management Committee decision which went against officer recommendation and various statutory consultees  – as well as attracting significant public opposition to the proposed scheme.

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Corner site of the proposed development.

We hope that BANES will consider carefully whether to use public resources in defending the proposed judicial review.

We have requested that BANES consent to an order quashing its decision which would avoid the need for litigation of this decision and ensure that the decision is remitted to BANES Development Management Committee for redetermination.

The pre-action letter sets out a number of proposed grounds of challenge to the decision to grant planning permission which ultimately centre around the decision being “irrational”.

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How the development might look from the south east.

Bath Preservation Trust have given careful consideration to pursuing this matter and have taken legal advice on judicial review.”

You can find out more about the Trust’s views – and why they are asking for public support – via : http://www.bath-preservation-trust.org.uk/cricket-club-judicial-review-latest-news/