Pub demolition site to be visited (Woodstock)


A pub which developers want to demolish is set to be visited by councillors from South Gloucestershire’s planning committee next week.


Members of the council’s Development Control (East) committee have been invited to visit the site 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.


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 councillors for the area have asked for the committee to visit the area so that they can see the site and hear the views of local residents before they make their decision.


Local councillors for the area, Gareth Manson, Andy Perkins and Pat Rooney (Labour, Woodstock) said;


“The loss of a community building like a pub is real shame and what is being proposed in its place looks a lot larger than what is there now. There 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.”


The council has received 13 letters of objection and a 64-signature petition opposing the development. Councillors on the planning committee will visit the site on Friday 2nd March at 9.35am.


22nd February 2012


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