Plans refused for ‘harmful’ pub build

August 03 2015

AN application to develop a disused building in Gloucester Road into a J D Wetherspoon pub has been refused.

AN application to develop a disused building in Gloucester Road into a J D Wetherspoon pub has been refused.

Plans were rejected on the grounds that an increased level of noise and disturbance, and cooking odours and fumes from in-house food orders, would be “harmful” to local residents.

According to the council, noise and disturbance would be particularly exacerbated by Wetherspoon's plans to create a 200sqm roof terrace, as well as summer doors at the front of the pub.

It was the second application submitted by the pub chain, after they withdrew their previous request due to strong objection by the local community.

The council stated: “The council always wants to work with the applicant in a positive and proactive manner. Unfortunately, the proposed development is contrary to the policies of the Development Plan as set out in the officer report.

“Clear reasons have been given to help the applicant understand why planning permission has not been granted.”

The application was strongly opposed by the Bishopston Society who believed that a large scale drinking establishment would have a detrimental impact on smaller pubs in the area, and will undermine the character of Bishopston.

A spokesperson from Wetherspoon says that the pub chain has "not yet made a decision with regard to an appeal".