13 August 2019 – PERA comments on Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Scoping Report

Many of you will be aware that Arena 1865 recently submitted an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Scoping Report to BANES. This report relates to the work that needs to be done to assess the likely environmental impact of the proposed development on the Rec. Arena 1865 is seeking a Scoping Opinion from the Council which would set a framework for EIA.

An EIA is a legally required process that aims to identify and assess the impacts of a proposed large development. The impacts that fall within the environmental assessment cover a range of different areas including: heritage, landscape/visual amenity, air quality, noise and disturbance, waste, traffic and access, ecology, lighting, and drainage. Needless to say, the exceptional sensitivity and importance of the Rec in its position in the World Heritage Site and adjacent to important heritage buildings within the Georgian city, as well as being adjacent to a main river and having access roads with poor air quality, make a high quality EIA especially necessary in this case.

Arena 1865’s EIA Scoping Report was published by BANES on its planning portal asserting that it was not open for consultation. Notwithstanding this, PERA has submitted comments which are now on the planning portal under application 19/03133/SCOPE. A copy of PERA’s comments can also be found HERE.

The main gist of PERA’s comments is that:

– under the relevant legislation the planning officer can and should consider our comments,

– Arena 1865’s report as a whole is incorrect in various respects and currently lacks the necessary details that need to be provided, and

– certain individual sections of the report lack the necessary details that need to be provided.

It is in the interests of all involved that EIA is of appropriate scope and done effectively. With this in mind PERA’s aim is to ensure that the important issues we have raised are properly considered, especially those that are likely to affect our members most. We believe that the extensive local knowledge of some of our members can be of great benefit in supporting the preparation of a good BANES Scoping Opinion and hope that the parties will welcome our contribution.

We will keep you informed of further developments.

6 January 2019

Following the public consultation held by Bath Rugby in December, the PERA committee now publishes its UPDATED POSITION PAPER on the proposed development. You can also find PHOTOS showing the likely visual impact of the New Stadium in this unique location.

It is unfortunate that our very significant concerns about the development remain. Our concerns divide into three broad categories:

– the huge size and excessive height of the New Stadium, which overwhelms the historic location of the Rec

– the adverse impact the New Stadium will have on adjacent residential areas, including as a result of including a 700-space car park, and

– the siting of a temporary stadium at the Rec while the New Stadium is built, making the Rec unusable by the local community for at least two years.

Very few of the issues we have raised to date with Bath Rugby on behalf of our members have been adequately addressed. The committee must now decide what steps to take to ensure the protection of PERA residents. We will be providing a further update to residents, including the steps PERA  proposes to take next and guidance to residents on the steps they may wish to take in relation to the letter they have received from Bath Rugby about the 1922 covenants.

10 October 2018

Following the consultations held in July 2018 by Stadium for Bath, the PERA committee has been considering the issues raised by the proposals for the new stadium on the Rec.  In doing so, we have taken the time to seek the views of local residents on the proposed redevelopment.

Whilst the views of PERA’s members vary widely, we think it is important for PERA to state its position.  To that end we have produced a summary of the key concerns and issues raised by the proposed new stadium which can be found here.

Further thoughts and comments are welcome from our members and should be submitted to the relevant committee member.  

For an update of the latest developments follow this link: http://stadiumforbath.com/news/ 

19 July 2018

Over the last year Bath Rugby has been engaging with the local residents as well as other groups over its desire to build a new stadium on the Rec. The process is ongoing. For an update of the latest developments use the following link: http://stadiumforbath.com/news/ 

PERA’s position has been clear for several years. While not opposed to improvements/redevelopment of the current stadium, PERA is opposed to any changes that will cause further noise, nuisance or pollution and degrade the utility of the area as being a great place to live. As PERA members we are keen on your views. The PERA committee members responsible for liaison with the Rugby club are: Nigel Websper; Roy Hatch and Sue Shipman. You will find their email details on the committee membership page.

UPDATE: We have recently become aware of a proposal to build a temporary stadium on the rest of the Rec to accommodate Bath Rugby whilst the new stadium is being built. We are very interested in PERA members feedback on this idea. Please send comments to the relevant committee members.

Stadium for Bath has announced dates in July when the public can view their “emerging concepts for the new stadium and riverside”. See http://stadiumforbath.com/stadium-for-bath-to-host-public-consultation-on-emerging-scheme/

We would encourage PERA members to attend and to send us feedback on your thoughts.

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