Bath Rugby Club: Rec land swap deal gets 'thumbs up'

Bath Rugby Club
Image caption Any plans to change the layout would need to go before the Charity Commissioners

A public consultation is expected to be held over a land-swap deal enabling the expansion of Bath Rugby Club.

The swap involves Bath Rugby Club giving up its former training ground in Lambridge in exchange for a bigger part of the recreation ground.

According to the trust which owns the Rec, the Charity Commission is set to run the consultation before Christmas.

The Charity Commission has the power to allow the land-swap deal to go ahead between the trust and the rugby club.

Planning application

The Charity Commission will then begin a 28-day public consultation before making its final decision.

If the commission agrees the plans are in the best interests of the trust, then a planning application will be submitted to Bath and North East Somerset Council.

The area currently occupied by the rugby club takes up just over a quarter of the total space at the Rec.

Previous plans by the club to redevelop the ground were turned down by the Charity Commission in 2009.

A meeting is due to be held by the Recreation Ground Trust at 18:30 BST.

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