Planning Applications Reference:17/04734/LBA

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Type of Application:Listed Building Consent (Alts/exts)
Status:Pending Decision
Address of Proposal:4 George Street, City Centre, Bath, BA1 2EH
Proposal:External alterations for the installation of a retractable awning.
Decision Type:Delegated
Applicant Name:Homelets
Agent Name:SM Harris And Associates
Agent Address:Midland House, 30 James Street West, Bath, BA1 2BT
Case Officer Name:Caroline Power
Date Application Received:29/09/2017
Date Application Validated:03/10/2017
Last advertised on:12/10/2017
Latest Site Notice posted on:12/10/2017
Expiry Date for Consultation :02/11/2017
Target Decision Date28/11/2017


ConstraintsAgric Land Class 3b,4,5, Air Quality Management Area, Article 4 Bath Demolition Wall, Article 4 HMO, Article 4 Reg 7: Estate Agent, Conservation Area, LLFA - Flood Risk Management, Listed Building, Policy B2 Central Area Strategic Policy, Policy B4 WHS - Boundary, Policy B4 WHS - Indicative Extent, Policy CP12 Bath City Centre Boundary, Policy CP9 Affordable Housing Zones, Policy CR3 Primary Shopping Areas, Policy NE1 Green Infrastructure Network, SSSI - Impact Risk Zones
Related Property:4 George Street,City Centre,Bath,BA1 2EH.
Reference Proposal Application Received Status
96/00658/FUL .Change of use of rear of premises from bakery and store (Use Class A1) to tea room (Use Class A3) and change of use of first floor offices (Use Class B1) to tea room10/01/1997Approve
97/00065/LBA .Construction of WC's in basement, removal of modern partition on first floor and reinstatement of doors on second floor23/01/1997Consent
06/02155/FUL .Change of use from art gallery (Use Class D1) to office (Use Class A2)14/06/2006Application Permitted
12/05416/FUL .Internal alterations and structural repairs, reinstatement of basement use and installation of roof mounted external condensor equipment at rear of property10/12/2012Application Permitted
12/05417/LBA .Internal and external alterations including structural repairs, reinstatement of basement use, installation of roof mounted external condenser equipment at rear of property and new signage10/12/2012Consent
12/05420/AR .Display of 1no non-illuminated external shopfront fascia and 1no non-illuminated hanging sign10/12/2012Consent
17/04734/LBA .External alterations for the installation of a retractable awning.29/09/2017Pending Decision
17/04733/FUL .Installation of retractable awning.29/09/2017Pending Consideration

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Name Address Comment type Comment1 Comment2 Comment3 Date
Bath Heritage Watchdog Not Given O View Associated Documents 09/10/2017
Bath Preservation Trust Bath Preservation Trust , 1 Royal Crescent, City Centre, Bath, Bath And North East Somerset, BA1 2LR O 02/11/2017: Object: The Trust objects to this application on the basis that the current signage is unacceptable and that the provision of an awning is both unjustified and would set an unwelcome precedent: this side of George Street contains some individual and attractive traditional style shop fronts unencumbered by awnings. In our view the awning as presented would look awkward and sit top heavy against the shop front and would impact negatively on the listed building by intruding upon the elevation and cluttering the overall streetscene. The apparently ‘travelling’ fascia board affixed to the awning is also an unacceptable proposal.
The new signage is also objectionable and not fit for a shop in the historic centre of the WHS. The fascia appears to be either fixed on vinyl or painted a high gloss with vinyl lettering and both this and the strident blue colour are inappropriate; the fascia should be in a muted heritage colour (such as the rest of the shop front) with the signage traditionally signwritten. The new signage also appears to be unauthorised and we hope that the LPA will take appropriate action to ensure that an application is submitted for this element.
The proposed scheme is contrary to the policy guidance contained in the SPD Guidance on Commercial Signage in the Conservation Area and would neither preserve nor enhance the special interest of the listed building, would harm the character and appearance of Conservation Area, be detrimental to the visual amenity of the street scene, and would detract from the special qualities of the World Heritage Site. The scheme would be contrary to Section 12 (Conserving and enhancing the historic environment) of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), policies; B1,B2, B4 and CP6 of the B&NES Core Strategy and policies CP6, D.2, D.4, HE1 and D.9 of the Placemaking Plan. We would therefore recommend that the application be refused.