Wetherspoons submits new plan for Gloucester Road site
ANOTHER planning application has been submitted by J D Wetherspoon to transform a derelict site on Gloucester Road.
As previously reported, 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. New hoarding was installed at the site earlier this year, stating a pub is ‘coming soon’ subject to planning permission, and that an investment of £2.5million will create between 50 and 60 jobs.
A total of five planning applications have been submitted to Bristol City Council, and the latest 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.
In their latest application, which was submitted to the council on October 14, the chain has attempted to address the reasons their previous application was refused. However, concern remains from residents and councillors about the impact on residential amenity, noise, public safety, site management, and the design. Should the council officer’s recommendation be for the application to be approved, Tom Brook, Labour Councillor for Bishopston and Ashley Down, has ‘called the application in’ to be heard by a committee of councillors.
Comments from local residents who object to the application include: “Every evening, weekend and bank holiday the noise would encroach on our gardens and kitchens and back bedrooms (which are often children's bedrooms) and this would mean a very deleterious effect on our lives permanently”; “An additional large, chain pub with long opening hours is just not needed or welcome in a residential area” and “This 150 metre stretch of road is currently saturated with public houses and I can't see that it is proportionate for yet another one to open.”
In support, comments from residents include: “This pub will challenge other pubs in terms of pricing so I welcome its arrival” and “This development will not only replace a derelict building creating employment within the community but will provide a premises in the area offering something different than what is available in the area.”
Commenting on the application, Councillor Brook said: “Whilst I’m not against the principle of the application, any development must meet the council’s planning policies. In my view this application does not, as the applicant has failed to address all of the issues arising from the proposal, particularly regarding the impact on local residents.
“I hope Wetherspoon take residents’ concerns on board and revise their design.”
The planning application (ref: 19/04991/F) can be viewed on the council’s planning application website: planningonline.bristol.gov.uk. The date for the determination deadline is Monday 9 December.