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Aerial view of Claverton campus
Aerial view of Claverton campus

Internal News - 21 April 2005

Will the University be allowed room to grow?

Two planning inquiries taking place this week have been considering proposals that could shape the future development of the University.

For the last two days, the Bath and North East Somerset Local Plan inquiry has been considering a proposal to vary the boundary of the Green Belt. Currently, it runs through the eastern part of the Claverton campus, dissecting the Sports Village and playing fields. The University has proposed that the boundary be moved to the eastern edge of the campus, other than Lime Kiln field remaining in the Green Belt.

Meanwhile, in Swindon the public inquiry on the Swindon Borough Local Plan has been considering the proposal for a university campus, housing, employment land and an extension to the Great Western Hospital at the Swindon Gateway site between the M4, A419 and Coate water.

The respective councils support both proposals.

The University has been represented both by professional consultants and by senior members of the University. The Vice-Chancellor has addressed both inquiries.

In Bath, the Vice-Chancellor explained that the University had a continuing need to expand so as to continue to be at the forefront of research and to address government priorities for higher education. It was imperative that the University had a longer-term planning certainty; the University is already ‘full to bursting'.

In Swindon, Professor Breakwell said that the Vision for the University of Bath in Swindon was the same as that of the rest of the University - to be internationally excellent, to provide teaching and professional education of the highest quality, to undertake world-class research and to engage in knowledge transfer activities.

Both inquiries are being conducted before independent inspectors; their reports are not expected before the autumn.