Councillors representing the Woodstock ward of Kingswood today welcomed a Planning Inspectorate decision against the development of an old pub.
Back in March South Gloucestershire Councillors refused permission for developers to demolish the Highwayman pub on Hill Street in Kingswood and replace it with 11 units of housing and a small shop. The developers took the case to appeal with the national Planning Inspectorate, and local councillors learned today that the appeal had been dismissed.
The Inspector judged that the proposed development would have “an overbearing affect” on neighbours that would “detract unreasonably” from their living conditions.
Local councillors for the area, Gareth Manson, Andy Perkins and Pat Rooney (Labour, Woodstock) said:
“Back in March the local planning committee heard from local residents who said that the development will make them feel hemmed in. Councillors took the scale of the proposed development into account when they turned it down. They did the right thing and have been vindicated, as the Inspector has agreed with them and dismissed an appeal against their decision.”
The Inspector also judged that the proposed development was not the only way in which the site could be reused. The councillors added:
“The loss of a community building like a pub is real shame. Nobody wants to see the site deteriorating but if it is to be redeveloped, it has to be done in a way that is acceptable to its neighbours.”
19th September 2012