Campaign group joins fight to save Chipping Sodbury pub

December 22 2016

CAMPAIGNERS for pubs have added their voice to objections to demolish the Tern Inn in Chipping Sodbury.

CAMPAIGNERS for pubs have added their voice to objections to demolish the Tern Inn in Chipping Sodbury.

Bristol Pubs Group is part of the Bristol and District branch of CAMRA - the Campaign for Real Ale - and said the local was well supported by people in the area.

It said a planning application to knock it down and build 28 flats on the site had caused concern to its members.

As previously reported by Yate and Sodbury Voice, the outline proposal has been met with large scale opposition.

Some 100 residents attended a meeting of Dodington Parish Council to protest and a petition was launched as part of an action plan.

The parish council also strongly objected to the scheme and urged South Gloucestershire planners to reject it when the application is determined.

Those opposed to the plan said the pub was an active business and community hub, with locals calling for investment in the business rather than closing it down.

Bristol Pubs Group said: “The Tern is a community pub - not a ‘former public house and car park’ as stated on the application form.

“This is one which is well supported by its local population.

“The area in which the Tern is situated is as dense with housing as the rest of Chipping Sodbury. Its situation close to the outskirts makes this pub a necessity for the community living there.”

The group also said the nearest pubs to the Tern were a long walk away should the inn be removed.

It said: “We strongly encourage the planning officer to advise the proposed loss of this pub be refused.”

Under the scheme, a car park would also be lost and residents said that would result in more parking on busy Heron Way, increasing the dangers for road users.

The parking spaces are currently used by customers of local shops and parents of children at Raysfield School at drop-off and pick-up times.