Barnet council is consulting its residents about planning rules it's proposing that will encourage builders only to install showers and not to provide baths.
The rules would apply to house extensions and developments of less than 10 homes.
Planning committees will look at whether water flows to power showers have been restricted, water meters have been fitted and a water butt installed, but ultimately the council could refuse planning permission to developments that unnecessarily include a bath.
Presumably the subjective term of 'unnecessarily' allows them to wave
through things like housing developments for people of restricted
mobility. As a new father, however, I might even argue that I need the
bath to wash my daughter, since I doubt she would appreciate a shower
at her tender age. (Not that she enjoys baths either.)