Bath car showrooms set for major redevelopment scheme

By Anita Jaynes on 15 April, 2020

An online public consultation is being held until 9th May regarding the redevelopment of the Dick Lovett BMW and MINI car dealerships on the Lower Bristol Road, Bath.

Dick Lovett BMW and MINI is not closing down. The company is building a new state of the art facility in Melksham, Wiltshire.

Watkin Jones Group and Dick Lovett, are seeking permission to create 360 build to rent units, including affordable homes. Approximately 750 sq m of flexible commercial space along with managed purpose built student accommodation (PBSA) are also included in the application.

Ahead of a planning application submission, Watkin Jones Group and Dick Lovett are seeking views and feedback from members of the public regarding their proposals.

Due to the ongoing Covid 19 pandemic and restrictions on public gatherings, no physical consultation event will be held. Instead, the consultation materials will be available online for an extended period to allow people the opportunity to access the information and comment on the proposals. Details regarding the consultation will be sent via Royal Mail to all residents and businesses neighbouring the site. For those without the ability to view the proposals online, hard copy materials will be available on request.

A spokesperson for Watkin Jones said, “We are looking forward to sharing our proposals for this brownfield site with the Bath community. Our mixed use scheme offers a variety of new residential homes, commercial space as well as managed purpose built student accommodation. This will help B&NES to realise its aspirations for this key part of the Bath Riverside regeneration scheme as well as helping to meet housing targets for the City.

“We are disappointed not to be able to meet members of the public face to face during this consultation, but due to the current situation regarding the Covid 19 pandemic we feel it is only sensible to hold a ‘virtual’ consultation online.”

Following the consultation period, Watkin Jones intends to submit a planning application to Bath and North East Somerset Council. Members of the public will have further opportunity to comment on the proposals at this stage.

For more information and to view the proposals please visit

For those unable to access the online consultation, please telephone 01225 423400 and a hard copy will be sent via the post on request.