Friends of Ashby Bath Grounds
What We Stand For
Our aim is to work to protect and improve the Bath Grounds, Ashby de la Zouch, as a free, public access park and recreational facility for the benefit of the whole community. In particular we:
- Support enhancement of the Bath Grounds for the benefit of public enjoyment and sporting use.
- Support the prevention of building on any part of the bath grounds.
- Support use of the Bath Grounds by community sports organisations provided this does not unduly interfere with enjoyment by other members of the public.
Ashby's Bath Grounds is the 'Jewel in the Crown' of our historic Market Town. In the heart of the town's heritage area, the Bath Grounds form part of the Ashby Green Corridor which connects the south of the town to Ashby Castle, creating its unique 'Countryside in the Town Feel'
SEPTEMBER 2019: NEW PLANNING APPLICATION SUBMITTED FOR DEVELOPMENTS IN THE GROUNDS OF THE ROYAL HOTEL
Oakland’s Hotels Ltd and Peveril Homes Ltd have submitted a planning application (19-01729-FULM) to the NWLDC planning department for the:
‘Erection of a 30 apartment terrace, B1(c) office building, cafe kiosk and 45 senior living apartment block with associated car parking access, landscaping and associated access amendments’.
Click here to access our 2019 Planning Application Page for full details plus our submission to NWLDC.
As you may be aware, the principle objective of the Friends of Ashby Bath Grounds (FOABG) is to protect and improve the Bath Grounds as a free, public access park and recreational facility for the benefit of the whole community.
Our collective efforts, especially over the last 18 months have gone a long way towards achieving that objective. The support of our members and the almost 8000 Ashby residents who signed our petition against development on the Bath Grounds have resulted in the Developer withdrawing the proposal to build houses on the Bath Grounds from his new plans.
The Town Council’s proposed purchase of the freehold of the Bath Grounds from Oakland’s Hotels (which is dependent on the Developer gaining planning approval for this new application) will secure the Bath Grounds for the community, removing any threat to development on this important heritage green space and allowing the cricket and bowls clubs to extend their leases and apply for the sports development funding which they desperately need.
TOWN COUNCIL ANNOUNCES "DEAL" TO PURCHASE THE BATH GROUNDS FOLLOWING LATEST THREAT TO BUILD HOUSES (2018/19)
On April 16th 2019, the Town Council issued a widely reported press statement which said that they have "agreed in principle a deal " with Oakland Hotels to purchase the Bath Grounds. This comes after our petition to Save the Bath Grounds (details below) gathered almost 8000 signatures. The Friends welcome this news but we do have some misgivings over the nature of the "deal" and the price agreed - £620,000, which is the commercial value if planning permission were granted for the area where house building is threatened. The Friends issued a press statement on Monday 22nd April which outlines these concerns.
To read both press statements go to the Housing on the Bath Grounds campaign page.
The Bath Grounds forms part of Ashby's Green Corridor in the heart of the town