Appeal made to overturn council’s decision against Chipping Sodbury pub demolition and redevelopment

July 31 2017

AN appeal is being made against the rejection of plans to demolish a Chipping Sodbury pub and build 26 flats and a cafe in its place.

AN appeal is being made against the rejection of plans to demolish a Chipping Sodbury pub and build 26 flats and a cafe in its place.

A large number of local people, Dodington Parish Council and the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) all objected to the proposal to knock down the Tern Inn, on Heron Way.

The large scale opposition to the outline scheme led to the pub - and a car park used by customers of local shops and parents of children at Raysfield School - being declared an asset of community value after an application was made by the council and the Birds Residents Group.

But the planning process had to continue, resulting in South Gloucestershire Council rejecting the application.

Among the grounds for its decision were the loss to the community of the pub and car park, the effect on the “vitality and viability” of local shops and increased congestion on surrounding roads due to the loss of parking.

More than 300 objections had been submitted to the planners, as well as petitions against the development.

Although the pub had continued to trade when the application was submitted, it closed in June when the lease expired and was subsequently boarded up.

However, campaigners are determined to get it re-opened and by being declared an asset of community value, the community will have six months to put a bid together if the landowner ultimately decides to sell.

Agents acting for the applicant told South Gloucestershire they had been instructed to appeal against the refusal.