Ashby's Bath Grounds are 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'.
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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.
- Supports community ownership 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.
Royal Car Park update
The Royal Hotel car park, which was closed to public use last year, is currently being used as a depot for the contractors laying a new gas main around Ashby. Unfortunately, this is not counted as a change of use and does not require new planning permission. They will, however, have to apply after 9 months. We understand that they are permitted to work on the site between 7:30am and 6:30pm. Full text of the District Council's response can be found here.
Notices Erected of Intention to "Dispose" of the Bath Grounds
Notices of the owner's intention to dispose of the Bath Grounds have been on display since March 2020.These relate to the proposed purchase of the grounds by the Town Council and are required as the Bath Grounds are designated as an Asset of Community Value. We understand that the Town Council has triggered the full moratorium under the notice which means any sale cannot go ahead for 6 months and enables any community group to prepare and submit a bid. For more information on the proposed purchase by the Town Council, see the article at the bottom of this column. Further details of the current ownership of the Bath Grounds can be found by following this link.
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.
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 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