‘Stadium for Bath’, the group heading up a stadium expansion project for English Premiership rugby union team Bath, has published a draft development brief for public consultation.

Initial plans to expand the capacity at the team’s Recreation Ground from 15,000 to 18,000 were unveiled late last year, and the group has now moved to the next stage of the process with the brief.

Prepared in conjunction with various key stakeholders and Bath and North East Somerset Council, the brief is the result of an extensive 12-month pre-design consultation and will remain open to public consultation for the next three weeks.

After this period, responses will be published in an updated brief that will be made available to view on the Stadium for Bath website.

Stadium for Bath comprises Bath Rugby, Bath Rugby Foundation and Arena 1865.

Tarquin McDonald, managing director of Bath Rugby, said: “The purpose of the steering groups is to discuss key elements of stadium development that really matter to our stakeholders, such as detailed design and supporter experience considerations, community impact projects, and the future proofing of the new stadium.

“We will continue to keep an open-door policy with our engagement and urge the people of Bath to talk to us. We will get this right if we all work together.

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