Chipping Sodbury pub set to reopen after four years
A PUB in Chipping Sodbury which has been closed for four years is set to reopen.
The Tern Inn was the subject of a successful residents' campaign to stop it being turned into flats.
But while it stood empty, neighbours said its car park had become a magnet for anti-social behaviour, with more than 200 complaints in the space of one year.
Now the pub on Heron Way is weeks away from reopening, under new tenants.
And the community around is waiting to find out whether an application to transform the site by building a shop and flats alongside the pub will go ahead, as many believe it will increase the likelihood of the venture’s success.
Charmaine and Sandor Didcot, the new tenants, have been working hard behind the scenes, revamping the interior of the pub, hiring cleaners, and booking darts and pool teams. They are supported by Dodington Parish Council and are preparing to open, with a date of May 17 shared on social media.
A planning application has been submitted by the site’s owners, Cabot Trustees Ltd, to build a convenience store, which they estimate would create three full-time and 15 part-time jobs.
Five flats would be built above it.
The Tern Inn would be retained, and the site would have parking for both the retailer and the pub. Dodington Parish Council is supporting the proposals which would bring business into the pub, but has asked for sympathetic lighting in the car park and requested that no cash machine is installed in the shop, for security reasons.
Their concerns come after ongoing problems with anti-social behaviour on the site while the pub has been out of operation.
A police designing out crime officer who wrote a report for the planning application reported that there had been 214 instances of anti-social behaviour in the previous 12 months.
Recently, residents have become concerned about apparent drug taking and sought help from the Chipping Sodbury police team.
PC Angharad Baynham said: “Local officers will be conducting additional patrols following reports of anti-social behaviour and crime in the Heron Way area.
"We fully understand the concern such issues cause and are committed to working with the local community to tackle them.
"Anyone with concerns about any crime issues in the Yate beat area can contact the local team through the Avon and Somerset Police website.”
The planning application, which has received three public objections, four letters of support and two neutral comments, is currently awaiting a council decision.
Details can be found on the South Gloucestershire Council website by searching for application P20/23744/F.