Opposition grows to plans to demolish historic Yate pub

February 28 2017

CONTROVERSIAL plans to knock down a Yate pub have been met with protests from people angry at the potential loss of the building.

CONTROVERSIAL plans to knock down a Yate pub have been met with protests from people angry at the potential loss of the building.

The Bristol-based UKS Group has submitted an application to South Gloucestershire Council giving prior notification of the intention to demolish the Railway Hotel in Station Road.

It also wants to clear associated buildings and level the site pending a planning application to redevelop the plot.

But large numbers of objectors have signed a petition and written to the council in a bid to save the premises.

They said even if it was no longer used as a pub, the local feature should be preserved so another business could operate there.

The notice has hit barber Peter Crawford, who runs his business at number 19 Station Road, which is part of the application site.

He said The Barber’s Shop had operated for 20 years and he employed several staff.

In his objection to the council, he said if the demolition went ahead, it would have a “catastrophic” effect on the business.

Liberal Democrat councillor Paul Hulbert raised concerns that the application did not say what the redevelopment of the site would involve.

He said: “This local landmark is almost 200 years old and locally listed but that doesn't seem to be adequate protection against redeveloping the site.

“There's no sign of any effort being made to re-use this historic building, which is part of the character of this old part of Yate.

“Even if it's shown that it can no longer be used as a pub, couldn't at least the facade be saved?”

Rob Nicholson, listed building and conservation officer at the council, said: “The Railway Hotel is a locally listed building in recognition of the contribution it makes to the character and distinctiveness of the locality.

“The building is considered to date from the early 19th century and is included on the first 1840s Ordnance Survey map.”

“The loss of this building is regrettable, as the character and identity of Station Road and its historic significance will be degraded by the proposed scheme of demolition.”