THE new Bishop of Bath and Wells may not live in the Bishop's Palace.
And the Rt Rev Peter Hancock might not live in the city at all, if plans to relocate the next bishop's residence are approved.
Andrew Brown, Secretary to the Church Commissioners said: "After discussion at its meeting on November 28 the Board of Governors took the decision to provide new housing for the Bishop of Bath and Wells to enable him to carry out his ministry and mission in a more sustainable way.
"The bishop will continue to work and worship at the palace and share the office with the Bishop of Taunton.
"The decision to move the bishop's home will mean he can live in more privacy as the palace and gardens will remain open to the public.
"We are currently looking at an alternative residence near to Wells.
"The Church Commissioners support for bishops is based on making their living and working arrangements conducive to effective ministry and mission both in their diocese and the church as a whole.
"The daily working life of the palace will continue including the use of the chapel alongside the work of the trust running the palace as a visitor attraction."
Bishop Peter Price retired in August and would be the last bishop to live in the historic building.
The palace has been the home of bishops since around 1210.
In the 1820s the grounds within the walls and moat were planted and laid out as pleasure grounds.