Plan for 43 flats for Yate pub site unveiled
A NEW scheme for 43 flats to be built on the site of a former Yate pub has been drawn up, just as a previous housing proposal was rejected by a planning inspector.
The latest plan is in outline only and seeks permission for the flats on the Station Road plot where the Railway Hotel used to stand.
The controversial demolition of the pub went ahead despite protests from local people and the collecting of a large number of names on a petition.
Opponents said the pub was a locally listed building and a landmark in the town for nearly 200 years.
But consent was given for the building to be knocked down and a scheme to build up to ten houses on the site was submitted by the Railway Building Company.
However, the applicant asked a planning inspector to determine the application when South Gloucestershire Council failed to do so within time.
That appeal was recently rejected by an inspector, who acknowledged there would be a benefit from the provision of extra homes at a time when there was a shortfall in the five year housing land supply in South Gloucestershire.
He also said future residents of the properties would contribute to and support the local economy.
But he also said: “The harm to the character and appearance of the area would significantly and demonstrably outweigh these benefits.”
The latest plan for the site has been submitted under the name of Dixon Design.
A statement to the council said: “In making the planning application, it is our submission that the application proposes a high quality, sustainable development that is in line with the policy provisions of the adopted plan for South Gloucestershire Council and will provide significant benefits which would substantially outweigh any minor adverse impact of the proposals.”
The document said the land formed a brownfield site which was “in a sustainable location with excellent access to transport links and local facilities as well as many employment opportunities close by.”
It also said: “Although Station Road is a busy road, the proposed apartments would not result in a significant increase in vehicle movements and traffic that would have any noticeable or detrimental impact.”
A number of objections to the proposal have already been sent in by local people.