A major development in Bath — which it was feared could cost the city its UNESCO status because of its “excessive height”— will now be at least partially built to a lower height.

St William Homes is revising its plans for their Bath Gasworks development. The company is planning a major residential development on 3.33 acres of the former gas storage facility, with the other 1.71 acres owned by Bath and North East Somerset Council who are planning their own development.

The developer’s plans for 616 homes on the site was submitted to the council for planning permission in August last year but came under fire from the Bath Preservation Trust, who warned that the “excessive height” of the buildings would contribute to “cumulative harm” to the World Heritage Site and could see Bath lose its UNESCO status.

Now St William is submitting revised plans which will include reductions in heights of buildings and slightly scale back the number of homes. Modifications to the building materials and design of the development are also planned, along with “enhancements” to landscaping and public spaces.

A spokesperson said: “The revised proposals include 611 high quality new homes, a children’s nursery, restaurant, café, cycle hub, a new ecological riverside park, sustainable transport route, net biodiversity gain and many other public benefits.”

St William will be holding an update information event about the revised plans on Tuesday 5 September at Cassia Café between 1pm and 7pm. Amendments and adaptions to the existing planning application will be on show.

From 5 September, all updated information will also be available to view online at: http://www.bathgasworks.com

John Wimperis