More homes for riverside

[Pictured left to right Richard Holden, B&NES, Caroline McHardy Berkeley Homes, Helen Brewer, B&NES, the Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Sophie Broadfield, B&NES, Catherine Turner Homes England and Councillor Matt McCabe.]

Not often we get a senior government minister in town but we had one just recently visiting the old gas works site by the River Avon.

The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities was paying a visit to Bath Western Riverside to inspect the brownfield site where B&NES hope to build hundreds of new homes.

The visit was hosted by Bath & North East Somerset, Homes England and Berkeley Homes and also included a look around the successful Bath Western Riverside Phase One.     

The council has submitted an outline planning application for up to 351 much-needed units at the second phase of Bath Western Riverside and anticipates a full detailed application will follow later this year.

Berkeley Homes has already submitted a full planning application proposing 611 new homes, a new nursery, and other facilities at the Bath gas works site.   

Councillor Matt McCabe, cabinet member for Built Environment & Sustainable Development, said: “We are committed to building new and affordable homes across our area and took the opportunity to show the Secretary of State what we have already achieved, with great support from Homes England, and what we hope to achieve in our outline plans for the second phase at Bath Western Riverside on the former gas works site.

“In phase two we want to see a flexible community and business space with a mix of tenures, which include market and affordable homes for rent and shared ownership with are all designed on exceptional building performance standards based on Passivhaus principals and a fabric first approach. The outline plans also promote low car use in line with our ambitions to build a sustainable future for Bath and North East Somerset.”

In the first phase of the Bath Western Riverside project, Crest Nicholson has delivered some 800 homes as part of the council-backed regeneration of the site. 

You can find out more about the outline planning application and have your say here