The former Plumb Centre on Locksbrook Road in Bath, which gained permission to be transformed into student accommodation following an appeal, has been sold to Bath Spa University.
The site sits opposite the university’s Locksbrook Campus and will play a role in helping to meet the ambitions set out in Strategy 2030, its vision for the future.
Formerly a trade counter, planning permission for the redevelopment of the site was granted in January 2021 by a government planning inspector, after a “substantial shortfall” in student accommodation in the city was identified.
The permission will see more than 1,700sqm of new employment space created, as well as the delivery of 52 student studios and 28 student en-suite rooms in cluster flats.
Future development around the Locksbrook Campus formed part of Bath & North East Somerset Council’s recent consultation on its Local Plan Partial Update.
In the documents, Bath Spa’s ambition to focus development into two campuses, Newton Park and a new campus area around Locksbrook Road, was highlighted, as was a desire to deliver a sustainable travel link between the two which will help to promote ‘walkable’ campuses.
Stuart Black, Development Director for Summix, who sold the site to the university, said: “We’re delighted to have completed the sale of our Locksbrook Road site to Bath Spa University.
“The site is ideally located to help facilitate expansion around the University’s exceptional new Art and Design building.
“We’re pleased to be able to help support Bath Spa in achieving their vision as part of its Strategy 2030 and look forward to seeing new life breathed into the site.”
Paul Fox, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Bath Spa University, said: “We’re extremely pleased to have acquired this important site on Locksbrook Road, which is the next step in developing the Locksbrook ‘walkable’ campus in line with our Strategy 2030 vision which puts ‘creative enterprise at the heart of all we do’.”