Part of: Community Area Profiles

Other Area Profiles: Keynsham Area Profile, Chew Valley Area Profile, Somer Valley Area Profile, Bath Area Profile

Our local needs assessment contains a number of issues which are of relevance to the Bathavon Area:

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Key Facts:

  • This largely rural area surrounds the City of Bath and has a usual resident* population of around 12,600
  • Higher proportion of older people and carers in Bathavon North
  • Predominantly White British Population
  • All wards in the area have higher than average rates of self employment
  • Very low unemployment across the area
  • Bathavon West ward has a high student population at nearly double the local average, this is linked to the fact Bath Spa campus is located in this ward.
  • High levels of home ownership in the area
  • High levels of car ownerships across the area
  • Very low crime rates across the wards, slightly higher theft and burglary rates in Bathavon South

A usual resident* - is anyone who, on census day, had stayed or intended to stay in the area for a period of 12 months or more, or had a permanent address the area and was outside it, but intended to be outside for less than 12 months. School children and students in full-time education studying away from their family home are treated as usually resident at their term-time address.1

The Bathavon Area

The Bathavon area consists of 3 electoral wards and 21 parishes 2 and has a usual resident* population of just over 12,600. 3. Geographically it surrounds Bath City and borders South Gloucestershire to the North, Wiltshire to the West and Mendip to the South. The area is largely rural and home to a number of villages.  

The Bathavon Area is made up of the following wards and parishes:

What does the data say?

Census 2011 4

Data from the 2011 census has been analysed at ward level for the Bathavon Area.

To view interactive charts for each census data theme, please use the drop-down selector box below;

Link to Tableau web-page hosting the Bathavon Area census graphs.

Age and Ethnicity

Child Population (0-15 years) - Bathavon South has the highest proportion of children aged 0 15 years at 21.4%, which is slightly above the B&NES and national averages (16.8% and 18.8% respectively). Comparitively, Bathavon West at 14.7% has fewer children  than the national and B&NES average.

Older and much older people population (65 years and over) -  Both Bathavon South and West have a very similar proportion of people aged over 65 to both the B&NES and national average. Bathavon North has a greater proportion of older people at 25.6% of the population in 2011.

Main language is not english - Bathavon North, West and South wards all have a lower proportion of the population with English not as a main language than both the B&NES and national average (all at less than 3% of the 2011 population).

Black and Minority Ethnic Population - Proportions of BME populations are very low across all 3 wards at less than 4%, compared to 5.4% for B&NES and 14% nationally.


Self-employed population - All 3 wards in the Bathavon area have significantly higher proportions of self employed people than the local and national average, with Bathavon South the highest at 20.1%.

Unemployed population (16-74 years) - Unemployment across the 3 wards of Bathavon is low, especially in Bathavon South (1.7%) compared to the local average (2.7%) and 4.3% nationally.


Full time students aged 18 and 0ver (at term time address) - According to 2011 figures there was a notable variation in Bathavon area wards for the propotion of students. 17.82% of the Bathavon West population were students, higher than the local average of 9%, this is linked to the fact Bath Spa campus is located in this ward at Newton St Loe. In contrast, Bathavon North and South both had a lower than average proportion at 2.3% and 3.4% respectively.

High level of qualification - level 4+, equivilent to an undergraduate degree (16+) - Bathavon North and South wards had a greater proportion of people with high level qualifications than bother the local and national average (45% and 49% respectively) while Bathavon West ward was slightly lower than the local authority average at 30.5%.

No Qualifications (16 years and over) - In the 2011 census, all three of the wards in the Bathavon area had a lower proportion of the population with no qualifications than both the local and national average at between 11 - 15%, compared to 17% for the local authority and 22.6% for England and Wales.

Health and society

Limiting long term illness - Bathavon North was the only ward in the Bathavon area in 2011 to have a higher proportion of people with a long term illness than the B&NEs average at 17%. All 3 wards were lower than the national average and Bathavon South was the lowest with just 12% of the population with a limiting long term illness.

Lone Parent households: with dependent children -  The proportions of households with lone parents varied only marginally between 4.8% and 5.7% across the wards in Bathavon area. All were lower than the local average of 6.1%.

Carers - All wards in Bathavon area had slightly higher proportions of carers than the local and national average. This difference was largest in Bathavon North where the figure was 12.3% of the population, compared to 10% for the local authority.


Housing tenure: owned - All 3 wards in the area had a higher proportion of home ownership than the national and local average in 2011. The rate was highest in Bathavon North at nearly 80%, compared to 67% at a local authority level.

Housing tenure: privately rented - Bathavon North and South both had lower than average proportions of people living in privately rented accomodation in 2011 at 9.7% and 13.9% respectively. Bathavon West had a very similar level to the national and local average.

Housing tenure: socially rented - All 3 wards in the area had low proportions of people in socially rented accomodation in 201, varying betwen 5-8%. This compares to the local average of 14% and 18% nationally.


No cars or vans in household - All 3 wards in the area had significantly lower proportions of people in households with no cars or vans according to the 2011 census. Whilst the local average is 22%, Bathavon South had just 7.8% living in households without cars or vans. Bathavon North had the highest proportion in the area at 14%. This is perhaps a reflection of the rual nature of much of the area.

People who travel to work by public transport - Poportions of people getting to work using public transport were roughly on a par with the local average across the area (~10% of the population). Bathavon South did have a slightly lower rate at 9%. Bath overall is significantly lower than the national average of 16% using public transport.

Crime data 2014 5

Recorded crime rates per 1,000 of the population for the Bathavon Area at ward level for January 2014 to December 2014.

To view interactive charts for each crime type, please use the drop-down selector box below;

Link to Tableau web-page hosting the Bathavon Area crime graphs.


All crime - All 3 wards making up the Bathavon area have significantly lower overall recorded crime rates than the B&NEs average. Bathavon north is the lowest at 24 per 1000 population and Bathavon South is the highest in the area at 36 per 1000. The local authority average however is 68 per 1000 population.

ASB and public order offences - The same pattern is evident when looking specifically at ASB in the Bathavon  area. Bathavon south again has the highest recorded ASB per 1000 at 13.7, but this is in comparison to the authority average of 31 per 1000.

Criminal damage and arson - As per B&NEs as a whole, there is very little recorded criminal damage and arson in any of the wards making up Bathavon area. Compared to the local rate of 5.8 per 1000 population, the 3 wards vary marginally between 1.3/1000 in Bathavon North and 3.3/1000 in Bathavon West.

Drug crimes - Rates of recorded drug crimes in the Bathavon area are very low, with just 0.2 per 1000 in Bathavon North and 1 per 1000 in Bathavon South. Bathavon West had no recorded drug crimes over this timeframe. This compares to the local authority average of 1.9 per 1000 population.

Theft, robberies and buglaries - Again, all the wards in the area had lower rates of recorded thefts, robberies and buglaries than the local authority average of 17 per 1000 population. Between them however, Bathavon South had a notable higher rate than the other wards at 13.7 per 1000 compared to 5.7/1000 and 7.4/1000 for Bathavon West and North respectively. 

Violence and sexual offences - Compared to the whole authority average of 8.8 recorded crimes per 1000 population, again all the wards of Bathavon had rates far lower in the same time frame. Bathavon North and South had roughly similar rates at 4/1000 and 4.9/1000 respectively, while Bathavon South had the lowest rate at 2 per 1000 population.

Local assets and services


In the Bathavon area there are 9 primary schools; no secondary schools and one fee paying school, Monkton Combe, which includes a prep school.  Bath Spa University has its main campus at Newton St Loe, as well as satellite sites and residential accommodation for students in Bath City. 6 

Health and Wellbeing

There is a Medical Centre at Batheaston.  Other communities are served by branch surgeries located in Bathampton, Freshford, Wellow and Bath Spa University Newton St Loe campus. 7

There is a Community Library, run by local residents, in Combe Hay as well as a mobile library service to Batheaston; Bathford; Newton St Loe; Bathampton; Freshford and Hinton Charterhouse. 8


Levels of deprivation vary across Bathavon, with Bathavon West experiencing the greatest deprivation in the area. However, all wards in Bathavon are still within the least deprived 50% of wards nationally.9



National Cycling Route 24 (Colliers Way) runs from Dundas Aqueduct near Limpley Stoke through Midford, Wellow and Shoscombe to Radstock and beyond.10

The village of Freshford has a railway station served by First Great Western. 11

While much of the Bathavon Area is relatively close to the city of Bath and served by public transport, there are also rural areas with more limited access.  This has led to the establishment of community transport and car share schemes, particularly for medical appointments and social activities. 12

Community Engagement

The community is very active with high levels of volunteering and community organisations providing a range of opportunities including historical societies, sports clubs, gardening clubs, allotments, litter picking, environment groups, lunch clubs, community resources and support and advice groups.  There are also community events organised throughout the year. 13


A breakdown of how Council Tax is spent including the charges for the Police and Fire services, the Environment Agency levy for flood protection, and the Town & Parish Council precepts can be found at - Your Guide To local Council spending and Council Tax 2015 - 2016.

Surveys and Consultations

Health and wellbeing consultations and engagement events run by Bath and North Somerset Council in partnership with the Bath and North East Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group -