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Call to improve Bath development
Architecture sketch of the nine-storey building
The proposals include a nine-storey building
Controversial plans to redevelop a derelict site in Bath have been given outline planning permission on the condition that the plans are improved.

Developer Crest Nicholson has submitted plans to redevelop the Western Riverside site.

The company hopes to build more than 2,000 homes, a primary school, student accommodation, restaurants and shops.

Councillor Paul Crossley said the next stage would be a more detailed planning application.

Some residents had raised concerns about the plans, including a nine-storey residential building.

One said: "They've got no idea how to keep the image of the Georgian city whatsoever."

The land up for development stretches from the gas meters all the way along to the city centre to Green Park Station.

Elizabeth Freeman, of the Bath Preservation Trust, said: "It is an enormous development which is just adjacent to the historical city within the world heritage site boundary and we think it hasn't been fully thought through because these tall buildings are just unacceptable."

But Councillor Colin Darracott said: "I believe if we get the architecture right, we can build beautiful buildings of that height which fit in with the rest of the city."

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