Somerset yoga studio could be forced to close

  • 13 February 2013
  • From the section Somerset
Universal Studio, Camerton, nr Bath
Image caption The yoga studio opened four years ago in the village of Camerton

A yoga studio which opened in a Somerset village without planning permission may be forced to close due to concerns over road safety.

The owners of Universal Yoga in Camerton applied for retrospective planning permission but were refused.

Bath and North East Somerset Council said it had concerns about people crossing safety outside the studio.

Hundreds of people have signed a petition to save the studio. MP Jacob Rees-Mogg has also voiced his support.

The owners said the studio runs at a loss but is a good community hub.

'Rural character'

Owner Charlotta Martinus said: "My main business is working in schools and in mental health institutes - that is where most of my business comes from.

"This [studio] is something I do for the community, people come into my kitchen for a cup of tea and we chat for hours. It's not my main form of income."

The studio is based at Red Hill House on a sharp bend halfway down Red Hill, which is a narrow road.

Over the past five years, the owners have applied for retrospective planning permission three times but were refused.

They have also approached the council to see if it can create parking space in the field opposite the studio to make access easier.

But the council has said adding a car park would "detract from the rural character of the area". The council also said it told the studio last year that it had to find another venue.

Councillors are considering whether to issue an enforcement notice on the studio.

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