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18, Raby Place planning application

The deadline for this has now ended but we have been advised you can still make comments by emailing directly, and copying to if possible.

Also please note the new application says there will be onsite management, but has increased the maximum number of guests to 20.

It is still advertised as a group venue, not as a B&B as previously.

Urgent : New application for 18 Raby House “party House”

It has only just come to our attention that there is a new variation on the application for 18, Raby Place. The dead line is 8th Jan ( tomorrow ).

It appears that they intend to have onsite management, although not apparent what facilities will be provided for the on-site manager.

The link to the application is

Or go into B&NES Planning portal and look for ref : 22/04887/VAR

BHRA committee will ask for late comments to be accepted, and will repeat our concerns about the use of the property.

If you have any comments we would appreciate if you could submit them personally.

18 Raby Place Planning Decision

Please see below – the appeals against the planning decisions to refuse change of use have been dismissed. Read below for more details.

Application Reference: 22/00723/FUL
Address: Roman City Guest House, 18 Raby Place, Bathwick, Bath, Bath And North East Somerset, BA2 4EH
Proposal: Change of Use from Bed and Breakfast (Use Class C1) to commercial holiday let accommodation for up to 12 people (Use Class Sui Generis) (Resubmission).
Updated: Appeal Decision Issued

Application Reference: 21/04202/FUL
Address: Roman City Guest House, 18 Raby Place, Bathwick, Bath, Bath And North East Somerset, BA2 4EH
Proposal: Change of use from bed and breakfast (Use Class C1) to commercial holiday let accommodation for up to 25 people (Use Class Sui Generis).
Updated: Appeal Decision Issued

Bath University Community Engagement

Bath University are launching Cosy Wednesdays where older residents in Bath can join staff and student volunteers for lunch, hot drinks and optional activities every Wednesday from 9 November 2022 until 8 February 2023. 

The Cosy Cabin is located in Dartmouth Avenue, Oldfield Park, and residents in Bath can book a spot for sessions by contacting 01225 384 966 or emailing Please do pass along these details to any friends or neighbours who may be interested in coming along.

Find out more about Cosy Wednesdays.

Autumn Tree Sales

BANES will be holding two tree sale weekends this autumn.

  • Midsomer Norton, on Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th October. Trees will be available to order from 1700 on Friday 7th October.
  • The second event will be held in Bath, on Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th November. Trees for this second event will go on sale at 1700 on Friday 4th November.

A variety of species will be on sale – trees in 10 litre containers £10 and in 5 litre containers £5 – and will be on sale for 7 days and available to order here<> on a first come first serve basis. Full collection details provided at time of ordering.

Sydney Gardens Gala – message from the Sydney Gardens Project Team

An afternoon of free family fun, music, circus and spectacle in Sydney Gardens on Sunday 23rd October 1pm-5pm to celebrate the completion of the Restoration Project. 
£3.4m has been spent over the past three years restoring and conserving the historic buildings and gardens. The project has been a partnership between BANES Parks & Open Spaces Team and the Friends of Sydney Gardens with the majority of the funding provided by the National Lottery.

Throughout the afternoon the Gardens will be alive with performances and activities in the true tradition of a Georgian Pleasure Gardens. Visitors will be able to see the locally based Rainbow Steel Band, Bath Classical Musicians Trio and Morris Dancing. Bring a picnic and listen to some wonderful music. There will be fire-eating, juggling and stilt walking, Petanque and hula-hoop and ‘Go to the Loo’ on a special tour of the rare and restored cast iron toilets (booking essential visit Eventbrite:
There’s a new play area to explore and there’ll also be activities especially for children. Find out more about Sydney Gardens