Concerns over late-night opening hours of proposed new café

May 29 2018
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A GROUP of Bishopston residents are concerned about the proposed late-night opening hours of a new café on Gloucester Road.

In March a notification of prior approval was submitted to Bristol City Council to turn 164 Gloucester Road, a former bric-a-brac shop called BS7 Emporium, into a café. Within the notice, it was stated that the café will have an outdoor patio area and that the premises could possibly be open from 10am until 2.30am, seven days a week. 

Properties on Hatherley Road are adjacent to the café site, and neighbours living on this road have concerns about possible smoking fumes or late night noise, and also the fact that the café is also overlooked by a residential care home. 

Subsequently, the original notification was withdrawn on May 16 and a new notification for flexible use put in, which was decided the same day. In regards to this, a spokesman for Bristol City Council’s planning department confirmed that under the central government’s General Permitted Development Order 2015, certain building works and changes of use can be carried out without having to make a planning application, and in these instances a notification can be made to the council to express the owners rights to change the use of a premises without the need for approval.

Residents who are concerned about notifications for flexible use and planning applications are advised to contact their local councillors for advice.