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Some ideas have been shelved and new ones in­tro­duced as de­signs for a new Bath Rugby sta­dium on the Rec go into their fi­nal stages. The lat­est plans for an 18,000-ca­pac­ity ground, in­clud­ing river­side re­gen­er­a­tion, com­mu­nity use, an un­der­ground car park and a raised pitch are now on dis­play at the Guild­hall on High Street. In the sum­mer, the Sta­dium for Bath group held an ex­hi­bi­tion at the Rec show­ing their “emerg­ing con­cepts”. A to­tal of 1,100 peo­ple at­tended the event, 15,787 viewed the con­sul­ta­tion on­line and more than 1,000 com­ments were re­ceived, both pos­i­tive and neg­a­tive. They recorded 78 per cent of com­ments as “gen­er­ally pos­i­tive”. The neg­a­tive and con­struc­tive com­ments were also taken on board and a num­ber of changes have been made to the de­sign as a con­se­quence. Other tweaks have been made, and as­pects in­tro­duced. Here are ten such changes... 1. Sta­dium height: The height of the pro­posed stands has been re­duced by 4m from the con­cepts re­leased in the sum­mer. They would be higher than the cur­rent West Stand, but lower than the roofs of the listed build­ings on John­stone Street. At its high­est point, the roof would be 19.86m above the level of the pitch, 3.8m higher than at present. 2. Storeys: The plan was for four in­ter­nal sto­ries. Now there will be three in the West, East and South stands. Seats in the stands have all been re­duced from 32 to 28 rows. 3. Less com­mer­cial and com­mu­nity space: As one of the storeys has been lost, 12,000 sq ft of com­mer­cial space has been taken out of the West Stand and 10,000 sq ft of com­mu­nity space is no longer planned for the East Stand. 4. Fewer hos­pi­tal­ity boxes: Due to the re­duc­tion in height, 16 hos­pi­tal­ity boxes have been taken out of the South Stand. 5. Less pitch run-off: The pitch run-off has been re­duced to al­low for more ca­pac­ity in the South Stand, which will be built right up to and even over­lap some of the leisure cen­tre. That does mean, how­ever, the fans in the stands will be very close to the ac­tion, as they are al­ready. 6. The be­spoke roof: The roof has been com­pressed and, look­ing from the out­side, would ta­per down­wards into the sta­dium, to keep the height above the stands to a min­i­mum. The un­der side of the roof will have a slight an­gle up­wards. 7. Not as far from the river: In the Sum­mer, the plan was for the West edge of the sta­dium to move 26m fur­ther away from the river than it cur­rently is and the East edge 53.2m fur­ther away. That has been re­vised to 17m and 48m re­spec­tively, cre­at­ing a river­side park 31m wide. This means the sta­dium site would take up less of the Rec than pre­vi­ously en­vis­aged, but still cover a big­ger foot­print than it does now. 8. The ra­dial gate: The emerg­ing con­cepts mooted the idea of re­mov­ing the ra­dial gate next to Pul­teney Weir, which is a long­stand­ing fea­ture orig­i­nally put in to con­trol water flow. It is owned by the En­vi­ron­ment Agency and doesn’t fall within the bounds of the Rec, nor the land Bath Rugby in­tend to lease from Bath Recre­ation Ltd. The idea hasn’t been shelved but will not be part of the ini­tial plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion. It would re­quire sep­a­rate ne­go­ti­a­tions with the coun­cil and EA. 9. Bridges: In the sum­mer, the idea of a bridge over to Pa­rade Gar­dens - which is coun­cil land open to the pub­lic for £2 per visit - was in­tro­duced. That will not be in­cluded in the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion, but a “sim­ple yet el­e­gant” bridge across to a view­point on Avon Is­land near the ra­dial gate is planned. 10. Coach drop-off: The lat­est plans also in­clude the idea of a coach drop-off point to the South­east of the sta­dium, rather than near Bog Is­land on the other side of the river. That idea would have to be ap­proved by Bath Recre­ation Ltd, how­ever. The plans are on dis­play un­til Satur­day at the Guild­hall, High Street, Bath - Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 6, 11am-7pm; Fri­day, De­cem­ber 7, 11am-7pm; Satur­day, De­cem­ber 8, 10am-4pm. For those who are un­able to at­tend, the in­for­ma­tion will be avail­able via www.sta­di­um­for­bath. com along with an on­line feed­back form.

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