Plans to develop 700 new homes, open spaces and community facilities in Bath were approved unanimously by local councillors on Wednesday night.
The outline planning application for Mulberry Park, the development of the 48-acre former Foxhill MoD site was submitted by housing and support organisation Curo following two years of consultation with local residents and stakeholders.
This development will go some way towards meeting the need for more than 12,000 new homes across the Bath area by 2029, identified in the council’s core strategy.
Victor da Cunha, Chief Executive, Curo Group said:
“We are delighted that our outline proposals for Mulberry Park have been approved unanimously by B&NES. The opportunity of bringing much needed private and affordable homes, community facilities and fantastic open spaces to this area of Bath will now become a reality. We would like to thank all those who have worked with us to shape these plans over the last two years.”
Ward councillor and Mayor of Bath, Cherry Beath spoke in support of the application, saying :
“The MoD arriving some 70 odd or more years ago had a huge impact on Bath providing a lot of economic growth to the city.
“I’m hoping we’re going to accept this master plan and if we do that we will be heralding another historic moment.”
David Stubbs, local resident and chairman of the Foxhill Stakeholder Forum, also supported the proposals, commenting:
“This development offers huge opportunities to improve the social and economic well-being of existing residents and we are looking forward to working with Curo to ensure the realisation of its vision to leave a positive social and economic legacy for future generations of Foxhill and Combe Down.”
Curo chief executive Victor da Cunha said the proposals for Mulberry Park would “effectively integrate the communities of Foxhill and Combe Down.”
“Curo is part of the local community, we are committed to creating a beautiful residential quarter which council members, residents and the rest of Bath and North East Somerset can be part of.”
Curo continues to work with local residents and stakeholders to develop detailed proposals for the first phase of around 250 homes at Mulberry Park.