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Butcombe Brewery plans for bedroom expansion at vacant retail unit but councillors stall on final approval 

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Butcombe Brewery is hoping that plans to transform an empty shop in Bath into a new boutique hotel will get the go ahead, despite city councillors stalling on a decision since February. 

The former Music Dynamics shop at 33 Broad Street closed in 2016 but Butcombe Brewing, which runs the Pig and Fiddle in the ground floor of the building next door, submitted proposals to update it.

Bath and North East Somerset Council had set a target date of February 12 to make a decision on the application, but so far no approval or denial conclusion has been reached.

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Above the pub and new coffee shop 11 new bedrooms would replace offices to create a hotel in the four-storey building.

The site sits opposite the former King Edward’s School building on Broad Street, which has been empty since 1986 when the school closed.

In 2010 Samuel Smith’s brewery, which bought the school building in 1989, had listed building consent and planning permission granted to convert the upper floors into hotel rooms.

That permission was renewed in 2013 but there has still been almost no progress in transforming the former school into a pub and hotel.

Walsingham Planning, acting on behalf of Butcombe Brewing, say the backing given to the King Edward’s School plans opposite the Pig and Fiddle show the council accepts that “intelligently managed change” is “necessary in Bath, despite the many nearby listed buildings.

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