Plan for student accommodation, corner of Wells Road and Wellsway
Planning application 20/01591/FUL was submitted to B&NES Council for an extension to 138 Wells Road and 2-6 Wellsway, to create 28 units of purpose-built student accommodation. This concerns the block containing Fidelis, Menu Gordon Jones and the single-storey shop round the corner on Wells Road. The scheme would mean adding a fourth storey slightly set back from the frontage. The single-storey shop on Wells Road would become three storeys. Alterations at ground floor level would be minimal, and apparently Fidelis and Menu Gordon Jones would continue. The plans can be seen on the B&NES web site.
The planning application (20/01591/FUL) was refused by B&NES Council on 1 September 2020. The stated reason was: The creation of purpose built student accommodation (sui generis) would result in the loss of 6 residential units (C3). There are no demonstrable and substantial conservation, economic, social or environmental benefits that would outweigh the harm resulting from this loss of residential accommodation. The development is therefore contrary to Bath and North East Somerset Placemaking Plan policy H5.
After an email consultation with BFA members, the Planning and Transport Group submitted an objection to the proposal. You can read the text here.