Bath City have said they are ‘devastated’ following the refusal to grant the club planning permission for their proposed redevelopment at Twerton Park.

The plans were refused yesterday afternoon by the Bath & North East Somerset Council. The plans had included new sports facilities, a community hub, student accommodation, affordable housing and other enhancements to Twerton High Street, alongside a new grandstand.

The statement from the high-flying National League South club reads:

Bath City FC is devastated with the decision to reject our planning application. We have worked closely with Bath and North East Somerset Council throughout this process and have sought the advice and guidance of council officers in an attempt to propose a scheme which would protect the future of Bath City FC, help us to pay off our debts, bring benefits to the local community and see much-needed investment in Twerton High Street.

Along with our partners, Greenacre Capital, we have proposed a project that would have dramatically enhanced the prospects of Twerton, introduced new affordable housing to the area and, in fact, delivered Purpose Built Student accommodation clearly in line with the Council’s own strategy. In addition it would have ensured the city had a high grade football club and stadium for current and future generations.

Despite a groundswell of support, with large numbers of positive comments on the planning portal from the Bath community, Bath and North East Somerset Council has decided not to approve this once-in-a-generation opportunity for Twerton.

Thank you to everyone who has worked so hard to bring this application before the council and to everyone who has thrown their enthusiastic support behind it.

Fans, players and staff can all rest assured that we will continue to act in the best interests of the Club and that there will be no drastic short-term changes although our focus will now be to Bath City FC to consider all options for its future.

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