Is this a future for the Folly Inn site?

There’s always something of interest to be found in a weekly scroll through the planning application list at B&NES and today’s search certainly brought up something of interest.

If like me you cycle or walk via the inclined pathway to the Kennet and Avon Canal towpath – via Grosvenor Bridge ( off the London Road) you will pass the ruins – on the left-hand side – of what was the former Folly Inn Brewery and Pleasure Ground.

The Folly Inn and Brewery. A watercolour by Samuel Poole 1929. © Victoria Art Gallery

Now little more than a ruin, it’s a small part of the whole sloping site which leads down from the canal towpath and is owned by two individuals who have applied for permission to erect a “car-free, off-grid, self-build dwelling for a local boater family.”

The application includes several reports on the ecological impact of such a construction on behalf of Ms Wendy Zakiewicz and Mr Tom Edwards.

Detail from planning application

According to a report on the trees on the site it states:

“The proposed house footprint has been altered and relocated in order to
minimise the impact on the retained trees

Ms Zakiewicz and Mr Edwards
propose to self-build the house in a low-impact manner without using
machinery and with all excavations carried out by hand. This will minimise
the likelihood of compaction and root severance.”

You can view the details via https://www.bathnes.gov.uk/webforms/planning/details.html?refval=22%2F03025%2FFUL

You have until September 16th to comment on the application with a decision expected around October 3rd.