Please help us campaign to make Bath a city that protects the interests of its local residents, not affluent visitors and remote corporations.

There are currently a slew of planning applications that will extract profits from our city’s heritage and offer only insecure, low wage/low skill jobs in return.

The most glaring current case of a corporate take-over is the proposal by the Singapore-based Fragrance Group to convert the historic gem of the Royal Mineral Water Hospital in Upper Borough Walls into a 169-bed hotel.

BANES planning department says that it can only decide the application on its environmental, heritage and technical aspects. Yet the council’s own Local Plan states that Bath has already exceeded its target for total numbers of hotel rooms. The Plan (page 30) also states that the priorities for building use should be office space and residential accommodation.

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As well as possible removal of historic architectural features and Roman archaeological ruins, the plans include the construction of a 138-foot, four-story extension that will blot out the sky for renters of flats in neighbouring Parsonage Lane and overlook their properties.

Several of these residents are elderly, infirm or otherwise vulnerable. The mental health of at least one resident has suffered because of this threat to their personal environment.

The EC of Bath Labour Party believes that the planning policies of BANES are not currently in the best interests of Bath residents and workers. We need your help to campaign for changes. That campaign must begin with opposition to the Mineral Hospital plans.

If you agree with us and would like to support some of the most vulnerable Bath residents against a remote profit-chasing big business, please write to BANES Planning Department, tessa_hampden@bathnes.gov.uk stating reference number 19/04933/FUL

Points to make in any objections include:

1) the proposed ‘change of use’¬†will add to the already excessive numbers of hotel rooms as stipulated in BANES Local Plan.

2) The proposed extension will blight the light and natural visibility for neighbouring residents

3) It will worsen BANES carbon emissions target under its Climate Emergency programme.

Please copy your message to the local (LibDem) councillor:

andrew_furse@bathnes.gov.uk and to the relevant Labour councillor: Liz_hardman@bathnes.gov.uk

For more information contact Jane Samson janesamson@hotmail.co.uk

The more objections that are received, the greater the chances of defeating this proposal and raising the profile of the general campaign. Please could I be copied in to any objections sent to Tessa Hampden. This will help us to keep an eye on how the campaign is building.

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