Four-storey care home to be built on site of former Yate pub

March 13 2020
Four-storey care home to be built on site of former Yate pub

A FOUR-storey care home is set to be built on the site of a former pub in Yate, despite concerns about its size and location.

The Railway Building Company has gained consent to build a 56-bed care home as well as 12 extra-care flats on the site of the Railway Inn once stood on Station Road.

A planning official told a South Gloucestershire Council planning committee officers were “quite excited” about the outline proposals, which they “fully supported”.

But Yate Central councillor John Gawn said he and other Yate Town Council members thought there was “too much in a small space”.

Three residents who objected to the application said the location was “unsuitable” for a care home, and the building would block evening views and affect local businesses.

Station Road is home to a vet, a tattoo parlour, barbers, estate agents, café, garage, petrol station and printers, and a factory sits behind the site of the proposed care home.

It is a two-minute walk from Yate railway station and less than a kilometre from the town centre.

Standing 13.5m high, the four-storey block will sit to the rear of the site while a separate two-storey block containing the extra-care flats will front onto Station Road.

A communal car park will separate the two buildings, and councillors added a condition that two of the parking spaces must be for disabled users.

Cllr Gawn noted residents in the extra-care flats would be quite “isolated” because they would have to cross the car park to use the communal facilities in the care home and the small garden behind. 

But the planning officer told the committee while the situation was “not ideal”, it was “acceptable”.

She said officers accepted the care home will be “noticeably taller” than many of the surrounding buildings but the height was “acceptable”.

The planning committee granted outline planning permission for the layout and scale of the development on March 5, but the company must submit design and landscaping plans for approval at a later date.

By Amanda Cameron, Local Democracy Reporting Service

Picture: The site of the Railway Inn and (inset) the pub as it looked before it was demolished