D-day for pub demolition decision (Woodstock)


Councillors are set to make a decision next week on whether permission should be granted to demolish a pub and replace it with flats and a small shop.


Members of South Gloucestershire Council’s Development Control (East) committee will meet next Thursday to decide the fate of The Highwayman pub on Hill Street in Kingswood which developers want to demolish and replace with 11 units of housing and a small shop.


Members of the committee visited the pub recently after local councillors for the area Gareth Manson, Andy Perkins and Pat Rooney (Labour, Woodstock) invited them to view the site before making a decision.


The proposed development has met with a number of objections from local residents who are concerned about the scale of the proposals, affect on local parking and the loss of the pub.


Local councillor Andy Perkins said;


“The committee have seen for themselves the scale of the proposed development and heard from local residents about their concerns of how the development will make them feel hemmed in.”


Fellow councillor Pat Rooney added that she was also concerned about the impact of many more vehicle movements into and out of the site;


“There still doesn’t appear to have been any assessment of the increased traffic movements into and out of the site and what impact that would have. Although the applicants claim enough parking is to be provided, the only parking for existing residents of Hill Street in this location is on-street so if there is ever any overspill parking it will only add to an already congested situation.”


Representatives of CAMRA also spoke at the site meeting earlier this month of their concerns about the loss of the pub.


The council has received 13 letters of objection and a 64-signature petition opposing the development. Councillors on the planning committee are meeting on Thursday 15th March at 3pm at Kingswood Civic Centre to make their decision. Council planning officers are recommending that the plans be given approval.

8th March 2012


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