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2nd try for Min hotel conversion

Having had its first plan for converting the Royal Mineral Water Hospital (The Min) building (1738) to a luxury hotel rejected by councillors last year, the site’s owner – Fragrance UK – has gone back to the drawing board to produce revised proposals based on the specific objections that were raised by residents in the area and councillors.

The company wants to hear the views of the area’s residents before it submits the revised plan –the work of Bath-based architects Aaron Evans and Greenhalgh Landscape Architecture – to Bath & NE Somerset Council.

These are the main changes:

  • A reduction in the number of bedrooms, down from 164 to 160
  • A cut in the scale of the proposed extension, ‘which will ensure minimal impact on the amenity of neighbouring properties’
  • The extension has been re-designed … there would be no south-facing windows at upper floor levels, thus eliminating the possibility for direct overlooking.
  • A ‘sensitively designed’ garden to enhance biodiversity 

Full details of the revisions can be seen at http://theminexhibition.co.uk/our-proposals, where there is also – on the website’s Contact Us page – an online form on which comments can be recorded.

Other features of the plan include what the company says would be ‘significant public realm improvements’on Upper Borough Walls and Parsonage Lane, and managed public access to the two Roman mosaics discovered on the site.

The owners say the development would create 120 full time jobs and pump £35 million into the local economy and supply chain during construction and operation.

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