Learn more about Bath’s new fashion destination

The Council’s Commercial Hub in New Bond Street.

Live in Bath or have a business in the city? Here’s an opportunity to learn more about an ambitious 20-year vision to transform the Milsom Quarter area of Bath into a fashion destination for the South West with an invite to drop into an in-person information session in June.

The Milsom Quarter Masterplan is a proposal being led Bath & North East Somerset Council to attract creative industries to the area, relocate the Fashion Museum and provide 180 new homes.

A public consultation on the plans which launched on May 4 asks people to give their views on topics including the proposed development sites at Cattlemarket and Broad Street Yards, whether they support converting upper floors of existing buildings into new housing and if the Fashion Museum should be sited in Milsom Quarter.

The proposals also include attracting a range of high-end fashion retailers and hosting more events to make the area less dependent on shopping.

The council is holding a series of drop-in sessions during June to give residents the opportunity to find out more about the plans. All sessions take place at the council’s Commercial Hub at 15 New Bond St in Bath on the following dates:

  • 17th June, 2pm-4pm
  • 20th June, 4.30pm-6.30pm
  • 22nd June, 9.30am-11.30am
  • 24th June, 2pm-4pm
  • 27th June, 4.30pm-6.30pm
  • 29th June, 9.30am -11.30am

A short video explaining the masterplan has already had 2,000 views since the launch of the consultation. The video can be viewed here

Councillor Richard Samuel, Deputy Leader and cabinet member for Economic Development and Resources, said: “The Masterplan takes inspiration from Milsom Quarter’s past strength as a leading fashionable location and complements the rest of the city centre. It aims to make this part of the city more vibrant and bring in more creative industry. However, the wide-ranging plans are a work in progress and we want residents to have their say.

“What do you think about the future of the vacant King Edwards School site? What’s your view on the public space proposals in the Masterplan? Do you support the creation of 180 new city centre homes? We’re keen to hear from you. Please drop into one of our face-to-face sessions to find out more and respond to our consultation.”

The plans for each of the four areas of Milsom Street Quarter are:

  • Milsom St. Core (Milsom St and New Bond St): will remain an important location for fashion-led retail and will be home to an enhanced Fashion Museum
  • Broad Street Yards: will better connect Milsom St and Broad St and will accommodate new-build contemporary space for the creative industries, workspace and visitor accommodation
  • St Michael’s Neighbourhood: will become a growing residential neighbourhood for Bath with new development and conversions of upper floors of properties, supporting a range of local shopping and amenities at ground floor level. A new public square will also be created in front of St Michael’s Church
  • Walcot Gateway: Will provide an improved entrance to Walcot St, with a new frontage to the street and the redevelopment of the Cattlemarket site for housing

The consultation runs until July 15.

The masterplan is funded by the West of England Combined Authority’s Investment Fund.