New city quarter must include affordable housing - Lib Dems

By BathNES Lib Dems 🔶, Aug 03, 2018 2:08

The Bath Quays North development in Bath City Centre has been granted outline planning permission, following a vote of the Council's development management committee this week (1 August 2018).

Bath Quays North – illustrative view from Churchill Bridge. Artist’s impression of how a future scheme could look. Image: B&NES Council.

Lib Dem Spokesperson on Planning, Councillor Paul Crossley, commented:

“The Lib Dems have long championed the regeneration of Bath Quays. In fact we initiated the Bath Quays North project. This is a once in a generation opportunity to redevelop part of the city centre; we have to get it right first time.

“We have always been clear that Bath Quays North should be a new, living city quarter, with housing and retail spaces alongside the new, top-spec office space that businesses need. We consider it vital that affordable housing should form part of the mix. Local people are facing a housing crisis, with many being priced out of the city and forced to commute.

“That’s why it’s shocking that the Conservatives were prepared to wave this planning application through, despite being told no affordable housing would be provided. This goes to show how out of touch this administration has become.

“Following the planning committee meeting, the Council made an announcement about government funding to ensure affordable housing is included in the development. We welcome this news, however it remains to be seen exactly what will be delivered and we will be examining the proposals closely.”


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