Neighbors claim former B&B in Bath is being used as a nightclub
Neighbors claim they had to contend with rowdy revelers en masse at a former Bed & Breakfast in Bath which they say is being used as a nightclub.
Although they have not obtained planning permission, residents of Raby Place claim the former Grade II listed Roman City Guest House was used as a party house last year.
Bath Hot Houses is hedging its bets by appealing the rejection of its initial plans for a 25-bed vacation rental and submitting reduced proposals to accommodate a dozen people.
The latest plans say the property’s power will be cut off if guests continue to make too much noise, but neighbors say the retrospective response could cause chaos.
H Coury, one of 35 opponents, said: ‘Guests don’t care about local residents, many of whom are elderly and vulnerable. They are there for a short stay, creating havoc and noise until all hours of the morning, causing residents unable to sleep to have to confront them in droves in the early hours when they are drunk and don’t care because they know there is no coming back.”
Lauren Bryan added: “It’s more of a commercial nightclub, disguised as an Airbnb. The neon lighting that illuminates the street at night resembles a nightclub.
“Central Bath is a good location for a bar or nightclub, with proper licensing, full time management on site and planning permission in place – not a quiet residential area.”
Noise was a major concern for many of the 90 residents who had opposed the previous request. Residents complained Raby Place was ‘unlivable’ after the former B&B reopened as Steam House, and said the claimant’s threat of a £500 fine over a noise complaint was not not very dissuasive if it was divided into 25 ways.
Opposing the latest plans, Valencia Haynes said the noise from the property had been unbearable and attempts by neighbors to get guests to turn down the “disco music” had been completely ignored.
She said cutting the power in the middle of the night could cause chaos and risk someone falling down the stairs.
Raby Place resident Andrew Hudson added: “Having endured the current party house of over 25 people over the past year, we all know that the noise, nighttime disturbances and litter generated are completely unacceptable in a residential area.
“The proposed use is not compatible with the existing uses, ie the residential area. The approval will also set a precedent, so it will be impossible to stop similar proposals.
Environmental health officers have confirmed they have received noise complaints, but so far they have not been substantiated.
He did not object in principle, but said the noise limit should be reduced after 11 p.m. given the residential setting of the property.
The plans were backed by 10 people, who said vacation rentals are boosting the city’s economy as it recovers from the pandemic.
Amanda Jayne said the applicants “cannot provide any more peace of mind to nearby residents that noise levels will be reasonably monitored and controlled.”
A supporter who only gave Sarah’s name said it was ‘great to see this tired old B&B being put to good use’.
The application, reference 22/00723/FUL, will be reviewed by Bath and North East Somerset Council. Ward councilor Manda Rigby said her fate should be decided by the planning committee.
Bath Hot Houses has been approached for comment.
Stephen Sumner, Local Democracy Journalist