Pub at risk of demolition declared a community asset

January 30 2017

A CHIPPING Sodbury pub threatened with demolition has been declared an asset of community value.

A CHIPPING Sodbury pub threatened with demolition has been declared an asset of community value.

The Tern Inn, on Heron Way, is the subject of an outline planning application that involves knocking down the building and putting 28 flats on the site.

A large number of people opposed the scheme, with Dodington Parish Council lodging a “strong objection” to the application.

As part of the campaign to save the pub - and a car park - the council and the Birds Residents Group applied for the asset of community value (ACV) status for the building.

A South Gloucestershire Council panel has now decided that the pub and car park can be added to the ACV register.

That means that if the landowner decides to sell, the community will have six months to put a bid together.

But although the status will be recorded at the Land Registry, the landowner can appeal against the decision.

Parish leaders warned that while the move would slow down the planning process, it did not mean the development would not go ahead.

Agents for the applicant have already said the allocation would be challenged.

Meanwhile, a revised application for the site has also included a ground floor community facility.

Opponents of the plan said the pub was an active business and community hub, with locals calling for investment in the business rather than closing it down.

They also said the car park, although private, has been used for many years by parents of children at Raysfield School to avoid parking on busy Heron Way, as well as customers of local shops. 

Residents said losing it would lead to more parking on Heron Way, increasing the dangers for road users.