Bath City Centre
Wansdyke Business Centre
AGM won an important Appeal for the demolition of Wansdyke Business Centre, and the erection of a 68 bedroom care home (Class C2), with associated facilities, outdoor space, and parking in an industrial location.
The main issue was whether the loss of the industrial use of the site would be inappropriate having regard to local planning policies.
AGM successfully argued that:
The industrial site was in a dilapidated state with many of the units falling below the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards required by law to let. Therefore it was not fit for purpose and unviable for commercial development: as evidenced by the lack of commercial interest for the purchase or rental of the site which was marketed for 12 months.
The Council were unable to show 'a strong economic reason exists such that the proposal should be prevented' and accordingly the Appeal was permitted.
The provision of a 68 bed care home, in a sustainable location, is a more suitable use of the brown field site, located as it is within a residential area, and will provide considerable benefits including: specialist accommodation meeting an increasing need and economic benefits derived from the provision of approximately 68 full time jobs associated with the care home as well as during construction.