Pub demolition plan recommended for refusal

June 27 2017

HOPES are rising that a plan to demolish a Chipping Sodbury pub and build 26 flats and a cafe in its place will be rejected.

HOPES are rising that a plan to demolish a Chipping Sodbury pub and build 26 flats and a cafe in its place will be rejected.

Dodington Parish Council, a large number of local people and the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) all objected to the proposal to knock down the Tern Inn, on Heron Way.

Large scale opposition to the outline scheme led to the pub - and a car park used by customers of local shops and parents of children at Raysfield School - being declared an asset of community value after an application was made by the council and the Birds Residents Group.

But that does not stop the planning process and a report from South Gloucestershire Council’s planning department has now been published, with a recommendation to reject the application.

The grounds for that recommendation include the loss to the community of the pub and car park, the effect on the “vitality and viability” of local shops and increased congestion on surrounding roads due to the loss of parking.

More than 300 objections were submitted to the planners, as well as petitions against the development.

The application will now be determined by South Gloucestershire Council.

The Tern Inn had been open until just recently, when the lease expired, but campaigners are determined to get it back in business.

By being declared an asset of community value, the community will have six months to put a bid together if the landowner decides to sell.