Bear Flat as it is today


BFA is now consulting on its ideas for Hayes Place.  This is following through on the vision for improving the Bear Flat centre that we published last year, see below.

Hayes Place as it is today

The concept is to allow for two-way traffic to and from Holloway and Beechen Cliff Road and for some parking in (or close to) Hayes Place, yet also forming a pleasanter and safer place. We envisage a community focus here, perhaps including scope for outdoor events such as markets.

You can see options for Hayes Place, and how to respond here.

We’ll be asking Councillor Winston Duguid to put this forward in his second bid for our ward for funding under the B&NES Liveable Neighbourhoods programme.


One part of the Vision has already been submitted for funding – a crossing at the bottom of Bloomfield Road. Winston has included this in his first bid for Liveable Neighbourhoods funding. A safe place to cross has, of course, been sought for some time by Winston, the BFA and the Bloomfield Road Residents’ Association. A decision on the bid is awaited. The exact location and nature of the crossing has not been decided – the bid is for the principle, and there would be a consultation if and when a scheme comes forward.


The Bear Flat Association has published a vision for improving the Bear Flat centre over the next five years. The intention is to stimulate debate and spark more ideas – and to get everyone working together for a better centre. You can read the full Vision document here.

We are grateful to the residents and traders who have sent in ideas for improvements to the 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:

  • Reconfiguring the Wellsway carriageway to yield more space for walking and cycling
  • Providing more landscaping to green the centre
  • Redesigning 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 make the Vision a reality, not only by pressing the Council and others to act but also through its own initiatives.


On Wednesday 10 February 2021, we held a well-attended public meeting (online, of course!) to give residents a chance to give their views on the Vision and on what should be done to follow it up. The Planning & Transport Group presented ideas and possibilities to help us achieve the Vision. You can view the slides and speakers’ notes and read Bob Hughes’ lively report of the meeting.

Tree planting on Wellsway – one of the ideas presented at the public meeting

We have already had many helpful insights from people who really know the area: click through to read comments in advance and comments stimulated by the public meeting. Further comments and suggestions arising from the Vision are welcome at any time – just email them to planning@bearflat.org.uk


BFA’s vision for improving the Bear Flat centre builds on the Conservation Area Study which BFA produced in 2020, commissioned and published by Bath & North East Somerset Council. . Find out more