Plans submitted for major riverside development

Plans submitted for major riverside development

An outline planning application has been submitted to Bath & North East Somerset Council for the development of Bath Quays North, following public consultation towards the end of last year.

Bath Quays is the Council’s flagship regeneration project to create a new and vibrant commercial quarter for Bath’s flourishing businesses in the heart of the city. Bath Quays North, near Churchill Bridge, is a major part of the scheme.

Illustrative view from Churchill Bridge - Oct 17

Looking towards the Bath Quays North proposed development from Churchill Bridge.

A Bath Quays North Masterplan has been developed and plans for the site include the delivery of up to 25,000 sqm of new office space, creating up to 1,900 new jobs, a minimum of 70 new homes for local people and a new, modern basement car park.

The Bath Quays North application is an important step forward in the Council’s economic strategy to create jobs and opportunities for local people.

The Council gathered feedback on the scheme prior to the submission of the outline planning application, through a series of public events and an online consultation during November 2017.

Cllr Paul Myers (Conservative, Midsomer Norton Redfield, Cabinet Member for Economic & Community Regeneration), said: “The Bath Quays project is a key part of our wider vision of creating a vibrant, prosperous city with flourishing local businesses, job opportunities for our residents, and new homes for people to live.

“Bath Quays would meet the needs of Bath’s successful local business community who wish to expand, as well as encourage others to move to the area, bringing with them higher-wage jobs, investment and economic growth for the city. This would help to provide more opportunities for our residents and young people, especially in Bath’s successful high tech, creative, financial and professional sectors. In addition, an increase in business rates income would support frontline Council services.”

Planning for the future

As part of the proposed scheme, the old multi-storey car park would be replaced with a new and safer basement carpark with up to 485 spaces, of which 320 will be public spaces.

The scheme is in accordance with the aspiration to encouraging greater use of sustainable transport such as bikes, buses and trains and Park and ride sites to reduce traffic levels and improve air quality. The strategic location of the Bath Quays North site close to the bus and train stations and on the cycle path would maximise the opportunity for sustainable travel. Cycling would be encouraged further with cycle storage and changing facilities being provided for occupiers living and working at Bath Quays North.

New spaces for public life

The proposed layout of the site is intended to reinstate the historic street pattern and create space for public life with pedestrianised squares and shared cycle routes linking the new Bath Quays Bridge and river path to the rest of the city.  The addition of waterfront cafes and restaurants would also help create a lively location accessible to all. The recently completed south-facing riverside park was the firststep to improve this area of the city.

 

Construction of a new high quality office block at Bath Quays South alongside the Newark Works building, which received planning consent last May, will begin in early 2018, as will a new pedestrian and cycle bridge located in-between Churchill Bridge and Green Park.

For further information about the Bath Quays North development visit www.bathquays.co.uk.

To view the outline planning application, go to www.bathnes.gov.uk/planningapplications.

For your information.

The Bath Quays development is divided into Bath Quays North which is currently home to Avon Street car park and coach park on the north side of the river; and Bath Quays South, the derelict Newark Works buildings on the south side of the river and adjacent to A36/Lower Bristol Road.

The Council is seeking outline planning consent at Bath Quays North for a total of 38,000 sqm comprising:

  • Up to 25,000 sqm of Grade A office space
  • Minimum of 70 residential dwellings
  • Up to 4,500 sqm of retail/food outlets
  • Basement car park with at least 320 public spaces and additional parking for business/residents

 

One day left to view Quays plans.

One day left to view Quays plans.

 

You’ve just one more day to go and view Bath & North East Somerset Council’s plans for the development of Bath Quays North. They will be on display at Green Park Station from 10am to 2pm Saturday, November 11th.

Bath Quays is the Council’s flagship regeneration project to create a new and vibrant commercial quarter for Bath’s flourishing businesses in the heart of the city.  Bath Quays North, located on the existing Avon Street car park and coach park, is a major part of the scheme.

Illustrative view from Corn Street - Oct 17

Bath Quays North artist’s impression

A Bath Quays North Masterplan has been developed and plans for the site include the delivery of around 200,000 sq ft of new office space, creating up to 1,900 new jobs, a minimum of 70 new homes for local people and a new, modern basement car park.

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A model showing both sides of the river and the new pedestrian bridge on which construction will begin early in the new year.

Councillor Tim Warren (Conservative, Mendip) Leader of the Council said:

“The Bath Quays project is a key part of our wider vision of creating a vibrant, prosperous city with flourishing local businesses, job opportunities for our residents, and new homes for people to live. Bath Quays will be the biggest office development ever undertaken in Bath and the largest building project since construction of the Southgate.

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An illustration showing the new bridge in position.

Bath Quays will be the biggest office development ever undertaken in Bath and the largest building project since construction of the Southgate Shopping Centre.  It’s very important local people have a say on our plans and help shape this exciting development. It will not only provide much-needed office space and homes but also breathe new life into the area.”

It’s very important local people have a say on our plans and help shape this exciting development. It will not only provide much-needed office space and homes but also breathe new life into the area.”

Illustrative view from Churchill Bridge - Oct 17

Bath Quays North – artist’s impression

The Bath Quays North application is an important step forward in the Council’s economic strategy to create jobs and opportunities for local people.

Outline planning consent for the site will soon be sought and as part of the process, the Council would like to gain feedback on the scheme prior to the submission of the planning application.

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The re-sculpted bank is designed to let the river flow up it during flood risk periods . I am told it is due to open to the public later this month!

 

At each session, there will be an architectural model and display boards outlining the plans and members of the public will be able to put forward their views and comments.

Plans and an online consultation will also be available on the Council’s website by 6th November until 13th November atwww.bathnes.gov.uk/bathquays

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The exhibition was set up in the Roman Baths today – Friday.

 

For your information:

This process is part of the standard pre-planning application consultation.

The Bath Quays development is divided into Bath Quays North which is currently home to Avon Street Coach Park and car park on the north side of the river and Bath Quays South, the derelict Newark Works buildings on the south side of the river and adjacent to A36/Lower Bristol Road.

 

 

Broad Quays Approval

Broad Quays Approval

Plans to relocate a coach park at Bath Quays North to Odd Down Park and Ride – costing £1.8 million pounds – is one of many projects across the region given the go-ahead today (Wednesday 28 June) by the West of England Joint Committee of the new Combined Authority.

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Projects worth more than £17m were approved and awarded funding of just over £10m to improve walking and cycling links, public spaces, public transport and road safety in the region. They underpin the aims of The Local Growth Fund and Economic Development Fund of supporting economic growth and improving connectivity.

The projects are:

  • £2.8m towards speeding up a strengthening, maintenance and improvement scheme for the Bromley Heath Viaduct reducing the time taken from 52 to 33 weeks;
  • £2.2m towards a new single platform rail station next to the Park and Ride at Portway on the Severn Beach Line;
  • £1.8m to  relocate a coach park in Bath from Bath Quays North to Odd Down Park and Ride; and
  • £3.3m towards 14 separate transport projects across the region including new cycle paths and bus lane enforcement.

The Local Growth Fund is awarded to Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) who consider competitive bids that demonstrate they will create new infrastructure to encourage growth, support business investment and create jobs. Any additional funding required has been found from other local and Government sources.

West of England Mayor Tim Bowles said: “Through the Local Growth Fund the Joint Committee can approve projects that will deliver much-needed infrastructure for the region. Today we’ve approved a range of large and small transport projects that add up to deliver a better-connected region.”

Local Enterprise Partnership interim chair Professor Steve West said: “Approval for these projects show that we can work together to make the West of England an attractive option for business and industry. As part of the area’s wider funding programme, these are important steps in ensuring that our transport infrastructure meets the growth needs of the region.”

The Joint West of England Committee met for the first time on June 28 and is the decision making body for issues relating to the four unitary authorities and the Local Enterprise Partnership.

Details of the meeting can be found at www.westofengland-ca.org.uk

FOR YOUR INFORMATION:

  1. In February 2017 it was announced by the Communities Secretary Sajid Javid that the West of England had secured £52.8m through the third round of the Local Growth Fund to cover individual projects until 2020/21.
  2. The schemes approved in the sustainable transport packages 2017/18 are:

 

Bath and North East Somerset

A39/B3116 junction improvements (£400,000 from Local Growth Fund GF for £550,000 scheme).  Improvements to aid traffic flow at the ‘two headed man’ pinch point.

Cycle Investment Package – three schemes (£40,000 from LGF for £60,000 scheme).  Combination of improvements in Midsomer Norton and Bath City Riverside Enterprise Area and grants for employers to encourage cycling and walking to work.

Safer Routes to Schools (£75,000 from LGF for £125,000 scheme). Progression of design and delivery of schemes to benefit schools in the area .

Bristol

Rupert Street Bus Priority (£200,000 fully funded). Re-allocating road space so buses take priority where bus passengers already outnumber car occupants by three to one.

Access to the Arena (£800,000 fully funded). Improving access facilities  and drop off points along Albert Road for coaches and taxis.

Airport Road Cycle Path (£75,000 fully funded).  Detailed designs for a continuous cycle route along Airport Road

North Somerset

Weston Town Centre Regeneration (£500,000 from Local Growth Fund for £700,000 scheme).  Visual and physical improvements around the Town Square, South Parade and Regents Street area for walking and cycling.

Coastal Towns Cycle Route (£10,000 from LGF for £33,0000 scheme) Preliminary works to improve a walking and cycling path, including a missing link on Uphill Road North.

South Gloucestershire

Access to Emerson’s Green Enterprise Area (£430,000 from LGF for £460,000 scheme). Further construction of the Yate Spur cycle route and design of the Pucklechurch Link for cyclists.

Access to Bristol North Fringe (£80,000 fully funded).  Start of project to improve walking and cycling along the A38 in Filton and Patchway.

Access to Avonmouth and Severnside Enterprise Area (£450,000 fully funded).  Walking and cycling improvements along the A403 between Ableton Lane to Central Avenue for commuter and leisure use.

Bus Network Enforcement (£240,000 fully funded).  Strengthened enforcement of bus lanes with eight poles for cameras and five movable cameras.