Housing for the heart of Bath

Bath’s MP Wera Hobhouse has been down to look at redevelopment plans for the old gas works site in the city.

Mrs Hobhouse was given a tour of the gas works site by B&NES cabinet member for the Built Environment and Sustainable Development, Cllr Matt McCabe, and briefed on the plans for the next stage of the development.

The council has submitted an outline planning application for up to 351 much-needed units at the second phase of Bath Western Riverside, with a full community engagement to be undertaken ahead of any reserved matters applications.

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

The development of Bath Western Riverside is a vital part of the council’s efforts to bring much-needed new housing to the heart of Bath.

With the support of Homes England and the expertise of developers like Berkeley Homes and Crest Nicholson, the project is delivering high-quality homes and new community facilities on a brownfield site.

Wera Hobhouse, Member of Parliament for Bath, commented: “I was delighted to see the plans for development and witness firsthand the council’s commitment to bringing much-needed new housing to the heart of Bath.

The proposed new homes, along with a new nursery and other facilities, at the Bath gas works site will be an asset to our city. This project is a shining example of strategically developed planning and partnership working, particularly with Homes England that serves our community.”


  1. I wonder how many of the new homes will be truly affordable and why not badly needed social housing? No BANES will go with the usual greedy Developers who pay a fortune to Consultants to concoct stories that social housing is not profitable on the site.

  2. How many homes are social housing ? I enquired about the flats on the riverside – Pegasus. 3 times my income. !! So you really need to build more social housing that ordinary people can afford

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