The B&NES Development Control Committee refused the Retrospective Planning Application. The decision notice states the reason for refusal was:
“The development, by reason of its excessive height, bulk and inappropriate design, incorporating enlargements of the side wings at fourth floor level a predominance of flat roofed elements, and a cluttered roof, is incongruous in this prominent location and out of character within its prevailing context. The development is harmful to the character and appearance of the street scene, part of the Bath Conservation Area and to the setting of the wider World Heritage Site. The development is contrary to Policies BH.6, D.2 and D.4 of the Bath and North East Somerset Local Plan (including minerals and waste policies), 2007, which are saved Policies, contrary to Policies B4 and CP6 of the Bath & North East Somerset Core Strategy, 2014 and contrary to the National Planning Policy Framework, 2012.”
The refused Retrospective Planning Application documents can be seen on the B&NES website here; http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/planningdocuments=14/04547/FUL
On Wednesday 29 April B&NES Development Control Committee approved the officer recommendation to issue an enforcement notice requiring the demolition of the building and the restoration of the site within 6 months.