Car re­stric­tion to be en­forced as hous­ing plan agreed

Bath Chronicle - - NEWS -

Ap­proval has been granted for a new ac­com­mo­da­tion block in Bath with more than 60 rooms for stu­dents - but they will face evic­tion if they bring their cars. The re­de­vel­op­ment of the Old Bak­ery site on Jews Lane, off Lower Bris­tol Road in Tw­er­ton, was granted per­mis­sion from the coun­cil last week. At the meet­ing of Bath and North East Som­er­set Coun­cil’s de­vel­op­ment man­age­ment com­mit­tee, con­cerns were raised by coun­cil­lor Will Sandry that high lev­els of stu­dent ac­com­mo­da­tion would hol­low out lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties. He also raised the is­sue of park­ing spa­ces. The scheme which will also fea­ture a two-storey em­ploy­ment build­ing, will in­volve the loss of 15 park­ing spa­ces, with only seven of the cur­rent 22 be­ing re­tained. There will be two ex­tra dis­abled bays. Bris­tol-based ap­pli­cant Dee­ley Freed, on a web­site ded­i­cated to the plans, says the bed­rooms would be built in “af­ford­able clus­ter flats”. In a stern warn­ing, de­vel­op­ment man­ager Ross Ch­ester said the car­free plans had been sub­mit­ted af­ter meet­ings with res­i­dents and stu­dents would be en­cour­aged to walk, cy­cle and use pub­lic trans­port. “We will ex­pressly write into their lease that they are not al­lowed to bring cars to the city and if they do they will have their leases ter­mi­nated – that is a pretty strong stick,” he pre­vi­ously told our web­site Bath Live. The pro­pos­als also in­clude a “flex­i­ble em­ploy­ment” build­ing that could more than dou­ble the ex­ist­ing num­ber of jobs. The 0.18-hectare site is cur­rently oc­cu­pied by a com­mer­cial kitchen, of­fices and a stor­age fa­cil­ity. The stu­dent build­ing will be man­aged 24/7 and there will be CCTV cov­er­ing com­mu­nal and out­door ar­eas. It will be car-free but there will be a drop-off area. Stu­dents will be re­quired to sign a ten­ancy agree­ment and a code of con­duct - one con­di­tion be­ing that they do not keep a car within three kilo­me­tres of the site - and there will be a hot­line for res­i­dents to make com­plaints out-of-hours. Ad­dress­ing th­ese is­sues, CRM Stu­dents which will man­age the ac­com­mo­da­tion, said steps will be un­der­taken to en­force the park­ing con­di­tions. A spokesman said: “Con­fir­ma­tion of the park­ing re­stric­tions will be in­cluded in the As­sured Shorthold Ten­ancy Agree­ment and Wel­come Hand­book is­sued to all stu­dents. “The on-site man­age­ment team will un­der­take daily checks (dur­ing of­fice work­ing hours) to ob­serve if any of the stu­dents are util­is­ing a mo­torised ve­hi­cle.” Pho­to­graphic ev­i­dence will be used and stu­dents is­sue with a warn­ing with seven days to com­ply.

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