Cotswold Way Marker


  1. Public Art Catalogue
  2. Bath & North East Somerset Council's support of public art 

Marking the Beginning and the End: The Cotswold Way
Location: Abbey Churchyard, Bath
Artist: Iain Cotton
Date: 2012
Photo: Roger Vercoe

1.  Public Art Catalogue

This link takes you to the online catalogue of all works of art in public places in the Bath and North East Somerset area.  The catalogue focuses on the post-World War 2 period c.1945 onwards.

The catalogue is searchable by artist name, type of work, and place.  It includes works located outdoors, and works in buildings that are open to the public such as churches, hospitals and public buildings.  More recent work will be added during 2018.  All work is publicly accessible except for works in schools which is viewable by appointment with the school.

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2.  Bath & North East Somerset Council's support of public art 

Some works of art have been commissioned by the Council, as part of regeneration projects managed by the Council or as commemorations of particular events.  The majority of works are commissioned by schools, hospitals, churches, and commercial developers, to enhance new buildings or development schemes.  Due to its special World Heritage Site status, there have been relatively few large development schemes in Bath compared with other places of comparable size.  

Developers’ engagement of artists for public realm enhancement is welcomed as an imaginative response to planning requirements.  This could include seating, landscaping, lighting, and planting schemes, as well as stand-alone works of art.  

Developers are expected to follow the Council’s Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) and other guidance.  In particular, the Streetscape Manual here refers (p48) to public art, which is ‘encouraged’.

The Bath & North East Somerset Council Planning Obligations (Section 106) Statement is published here – see 3.10.1 Public Realm.  S106 obligations have to be on the basis of proven need:

A planning obligation must be:

  • necessary to make the development acceptable in planning terms;
  • directly related to the development;


  • fairly and reasonably related in scale and kind to the development

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a method for calculating required infrastructure for a new development.  Infrastructure might include new highway, schools, and shops.  Public art is not included in the CIL requirements: the CIL Regulation123 list is published here.

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