Go-ahead for Abbey's £18m modernisation scheme
The first phase of an £18 million scheme to modernise facilities at Bath Abbey has been given the nod.
Council officials will now negotiate the fine detail of planning permission for plans to improve facilities at the church.
Work includes removing walls and ceilings at Kingston Buildings to create a double height choir practice room, and alterations to the vaults under Abbey Chambers to create kitchen areas, publicly accessible toilets, storage for the abbey archives and an archive work space.
Seven years of consultation, planning and work have gone into the current plans, with 444 people recording their support for the project on the B&NES Council website.
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Rector the Rev Edward Mason said the progress so far was "a shining example of how people can work together for the community's good".
The proposals form part of a larger project known as the Abbey Footprint, which will also use the city's hot springs to heat the church.
Project director Charles Curnock said: "This is a very significant day for the abbey, for the council and the city. We can promise you that we'll continue to work closely with B&NES and all who long to see the abbey and our community flourish. Together, we want to protect the fabric of this precious building and to make it a space for everyone, and this is a big step towards this goal."
Documents submitted by the church said: "In addition to being a place of worship, the abbey is a significant visitor destination as well as a venue for concerts, performance and other events. Bath Abbey has an important role in the musical life of the city and is responsible for three choirs.
"The proposal would provide both essential and enhanced facilities across the development site."
Councillor Les Kew (Con, High Littleton) told the planning meeting: "It would be great to see this beautiful abbey coming into the 21st century.
"I commend all involved in the plans."