Fourth time lucky for J D Wetherspoon?
ANOTHER planning application has been submitted by J D Wetherspoon to transform a derelict site on Gloucester Road.
349 Gloucester Road has been a vacant eyesore for many years now, and the pub chain has been trying to take ownership of it since 2014. Now, new hoarding has been installed at the site, stating a pub is ‘coming soon’ subject to planning permission, and that an investment of £2.5million will create between 50 and 60 jobs. The hoarding also features an artist’s impression of how the exterior of the property could look, featuring a beautiful outside terrace, illuminated with twinkly lights.
The most recent planning application was refused in April 2018 on the grounds of noise, anti-social behaviour, binge drinking and the amount of similar premises already in the area.
The news that Wetherspoons are submitting another application also comes just a few weeks after the chain announced that 16 of its pubs and bars would be sold off, including St George’s Hall in Church Road, Redfield.
Wetherspoons spokesman Eddie Gershon told the Voice that the scheme has been amended in line with previous feedback, and said: “The planning application is submitted but we await the council to “validate” the application at which point it will show on the website.”
Commenting on the application, Neil Embleton from The Bishopston Society said: “The Society is extremely concerned that Wetherspoons may be about to try once again to obtain permission on the Gloucester Road, having been roundly refused three times already. We remain concerned about potential noise and anti-social behaviour, litter, odours and the intimidation of local residents by pavement drinkers.
“In short we, like many local residents, do not feel that a large chain pub which will attract customers from all over the city and almost certainly exacerbate local problems of late night noise and antisocial behaviour, is compatible with a family residential area like Bishopston.
“The Society have repeatedly stressed that we loathe the current eyesore and DO want the site developed sympathetically, but sadly do not know of any better proposals.”