With plans for Homebase to close its Pines Way store later this year, an application has been submitted to Bath & North East Somerset Council for the demolition of the building.
The site’s owner, Guild Living, has submitted the application which will allow the site to be cleared in preparation for any future redevelopment, which will be subject to the submission of a detailed planning application.
Guild Living is working to deliver a unique retirement community in the South West, creating new homes for later living with academically-accredited wellness programmes to enable and enrich independent, active later lives.
If this application and subsequent detailed application is approved, the plans for the site have the potential to bring many benefits to the city including the creation of up to 160 full-time jobs.
The development would also contribute to Bath and North East Somerset Council’s five-year housing supply targets for the area and act as a catalyst for the future regeneration of the wider area as defined in the Council’s recently adopted Placemaking Plan.
Guild Living’s proposals for the 4.5-acre riverside site include nearly 300 apartments, a restaurant, a physiotherapy gym and pool, consultant rooms for GP surgeries, a children’s nursery and retail space for local businesses – all of which will be open to the local community.
The house types available at the Pines Way site will be assisted living apartments, co-living apartments and transitional care suites – a first for Bath.
The proposals will also provide much needed key-worker accommodation.
A spokesperson for Guild Living said: “This application for demolition will allow us to make the necessary preparations on-site for its future redevelopment.
“We’re excited about creating new homes and facilities for Bath’s older population and are continuing to work with local stakeholders with the joint aspiration of bringing this site back into use for the benefit of the community.”