The Chelsea Road area is one of the 15 areas in our community-led Liveable Neighbourhoods (LN) programme. The area consists of residential housing along Park Road, Foxcombe Road, Kennington Road and Warwick Road, with shops, a church, a pre-school group, a dentist, and businesses along Chelsea Road itself. The area is located approximately 1.5 miles north-west of Bath Spa train station.
About the programme
Liveable Neighbourhoods is a community-led programme that aims to improve residential streets and encourage safe, active, and more sustainable forms of travel, such as walking, wheeling, and cycling.
Typical improvements being suggested by communities are:
- Better crossings, footways and cycle lanes to connect homes with shops, schools, and community hubs
- Traffic-calming measures to tackle through-traffic, speeding, and inconsiderate parking
- Pleasant places for people to sit and meet others outside
Our role is to support communities to develop their own LNs, engaging with residents throughout the process to ensure the final designs address their concerns.
Development of this LN
- In Autumn 2020 we asked residents across the district how they felt about LNs, and 48 communities then applied to become a LN, via ward councillors
- In June 2021, we prioritised 15 areas where development of LNs could start (this included the Chelsea Road area)
- In December 2021, we asked residents for their feedback on what was good about the area, what transport-related issues they experience, and what improvements would make the most impact
- In Spring/Summer 2022, we held a series of co-design workshops where residents prioritised the measures they wanted to see included (see Co-design outcomes below)
- During 2023, we shortlisted these proposals, taking costs and practicalities into consideration
View our full project development timeline which includes links to the relevant reports.
Please expand the sections below to find out more about the outcomes for the co-design workshops and the technical review.
Out of the 1,625 responses submitted as part of our public engagement on the 15 Liveable Neighbourhood in December 2021, 47 people commented on the Chelsea Road area. Below is a summary of what people said:
What is good about the area?
- 41 said 'close to shops and services'
- 28 said 'strong community spirit'
- 13 said ' good public transport links'
What issues are experienced?
- 30 said 'parking'
- 29 said 'through traffic'
- 19 said 'speeding traffic'
- 17 said 'lack of EV charging points'
- 17 said 'not enough space for wheeling, walking or cycling'
- 14 said 'idling vehicles'
What measures could improve the area?
- 22 said 'a restriction on through traffic or HGVs'
- 20 said 'better or more residents parking'
- 16 said 'EV charging facilities'
- 11 said 'trees and planting'
- 9 said 'places to sit'
We held a workshop on 28 June 2022 with residents who expressed an interest in co-designing the Chelsea Road Liveable Neighbourhood during earlier engagements.
At the workshop, attendees took part in a series of exercises to identify what they liked about the area, what could be improved, and what specific measures could help, plotting these on a map of the area.
To see the maps and the longlist of ideas suggested by the community, please view the report below.
In August 2022, attendees were invited back to review the outcomes of the workshop and prioritise their ideas, focusing on the original application area. More information on the outcomes will soon be provided below.
Recommendations for design
We have shortlisted the community’s priorities for the Chelsea Road area against a range of criteria, including costs and practicalities.
When available, you will be able to read the reports on this web page. This will include the prioritisation workshop report, the recommendation criteria and the recommended shortlist for the LN area.
We are preparing a full business case (FBC) for the LN programme to establish funding priorities. This will be submitted to the West of England Combined Authority in winter 2023/4.
We will engage the public on the overall design once the FBC has been approved.
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