Bear Flat as it is today

The Bear Flat Association has published a vision for improving Bear Flat Centre over the next five years. The intention is to stimulate debate and spark more ideas – and to get everyone working together to make a better centre.

We are grateful to the residents and traders who have sent in ideas for what could be done to improve our Local Centre as a place to shop and to visit, particularly at ways to lessen the impact of traffic and improve the environment.

 BFA’s eight-point plan includes:

  • Reconfigure the Wellsway carriageway to yield more space for walking and cycling
  • Provide more landscaping to green the Centre
  • Redesign Hayes Place as a real place for people.

In his Foreword, Cllr Winston Duguid says: ‘The BFA’s vision and its campaigns .. will safeguard and enhance the future of a great and highly desirable part of Bath.’.

BFA is now preparing to embark on ways to make the Vision a reality, not only by pressing the Council and others to act but also by its own initiatives.

Here is the Vision document in full (PDF, 2 Mb).


There will be a discussion by Zoom to give members a chance to give their views on the Vision and on what should be done to follow it up. The digital meeting will be from 7.30 to 8.30 pm on Wednesday 10 February. We’ll circulate joining details nearer the time (or do let us know that you’d like to attend and we’ll be sure to contact you).

Comments and suggestions arising from the Vision are also welcome at any time. Please email to planning@bearflat.org.uk


Bath & North East Somerset Council commissioned BFA to produce a Conservation Area Study which was published in April 2020 in an unusual partnership between a local authority and an association like ours.

As well as being a planning document, the study offers an interesting read for everyone about the locality and its character.  56 photographs portray the area. Did you know, for example, that the area has over 100 listed buildings and six trees/groups of trees important enough to have preservation orders? That and more are in the study.

The primary purpose is better understanding of the area’s importance within the Conservation Area and to help ensure that developments preserve or enhance the special character. It will be a significant input into our discussions about the future of Bear Flat Centre. Find out more