Petition fails to stop Chipping Sodbury restaurant getting green light

November 30 2016

A CONTROVERSIAL plan to convert outbuildings at a 17th century house in Chipping Sodbury into a restaurant and function room has been approved, despite large scale opposition from neighbours and town leaders.

A CONTROVERSIAL plan to convert outbuildings at a 17th century house in Chipping Sodbury into a restaurant and function room has been approved, despite large scale opposition from neighbours and town leaders.
A petition of more than 200 names, as well as 50 letters of objection, were submitted to South Gloucestershire Council in response to the scheme for listed Vayre House in Hatters Lane.
Opponents said the proposal would affect people living in homes surrounding the premises, including elderly residents in retirement bungalows, as they would be disturbed by customers and staff leaving the site, especially at night.
Parents said children could also be woken up by vehicles coming and going during the evening.
Sodbury Town Council said such a business should be in the town centre, not in a residential area, and feared an increase in traffic in the locality.
But planners gave the proposal the go-ahead, although they drew up a list of nine conditions to be met.
They include a restriction on opening hours of 11am-11pm from Monday to Saturday and 10am-4pm on Sundays and bank holidays.
An extraction and odour abatement system also has to be approved, together with the submission of an acoustic report on the system to prevent noise disturbance.
The plan involves keeping Vayre House itself as a private home, with the outbuildings and a swimming pool altered to provide the new facilities.
Petitioners were disappointed at the outcome of the planning debate and said they felt their objections had been ignored.