New homes 'muddle' on old MoD site

Plans for 180 new homes on former MoD land in Bath have been described as a "muddle" by a conservation charity.

Ensleigh is the last of three Ministry of Defence (MoD) sites in the city to close as part of savings plans to move 1,400 of its workforce to Bristol.

Caroline Kay from the Bath Preservation Trust said it was a "design muddle" with no "clear identity of its own".

But the developers said they were "committed to delivering an appropriate scheme" for the MoD Ensleigh site.

The trust has said it supports plans for new homes but has criticised the large size of some of the proposed houses, as well as their style and the suggested materials used to build them.

But developers, Bloor Homes and Linden Homes, said it had engaged with the community and the trust to ensure the scheme "responds positively" to their "aspirations".

The Ensleigh site is not likely to be freed up until 2018 but plans for the new homes are being drawn up now ahead of this.

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