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VILLAGE PUB: Public outcry over plans to replace with a ‘micropub’

VILLAGE PUB: Public outcry over plans to replace with a ‘micropub’

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Controversial plans to replace a disused village pub with seven homes and a ‘micro pub’ are set to be decided next week.

South Gloucestershire Council officers have recommended councillors approve the plans for the Fleur de Lis pub in Pucklechurch, despite objections from residents and the parish council.

The pub dates from the early nineteenth century and lies in the heart of the historic village, not far from a Grade I listed church.

Owner UKS Group has applied to turn the pub, which it claims is “non-viable”, into a four-bedroom home, and wants to build another six homes on the land to the rear.

An old toilet block/function room behind the pub would become a micro pub.

But Pucklechurch Parish Council and dozens of residents have objected to the proposals, with much of the opposition focused on the loss of the traditional village pub.

The developer made two separate planning applications: one to convert the pub and create the micro pub out the back, and another to demolish the rear extension to the pub and build the six, three-bedroom homes.

Nineteen residents objected to the first application, while the second application received 54 objections and four comments in support.

One resident wrote: “This pub was an integral and necessary part of the community and should be returned to serve that same community.

“It is totally impractical to convert the toilets into a micro pub which would only be capable of entertaining 6-8 people. There would be no parking and no facilities for disabled people, most importantly, no seating for those people.

“The village has an ageing population who need to be seated when conversing with friends.

“This application still doesn’t address the problems of building houses with no parking facilities and absolutely no consideration for the village which will cause serious and dangerous problems in the road outside.”

Another wrote: “The fact that the Fleur de Lys has been closed for several months is not a precedence for change of use. At present pubs all over the country have been closed because of the virus.”

Opposition to the proposal to build the six new homes included a lack of affordable housing, insufficient parking spaces and the impact on traffic and road safety.

Supporters said it was a good use of space, the pub was not used to its potential, and the area needed new housing.

Heritage England expressed concerns that the new homes, whose height and number are reduced compared with a previous application, would harm the view of the St Thomas à Becket Church.

Officers recommended the approval of both applications, but said double yellow lines should be painted on the road outside the Fleur de Lis to stop anyone parking directly outside.

“Although the loss of the public house is regrettable,” they wrote, “on balance, the submission evidence that it is no longer viable can be considered to outweigh the loss.

“Furthermore, the use would not be entirely lost as the proposed micro pub would retain some of the public house use on site.

“Following revisions to the scheme [for six houses], no harm has been found to be caused to the designated Heritage Assets.

“There is a slight underprovision in terms of parking, however the introduction of a TRO [traffic regulation order] is considered to improve highway safety and mitigate these concerns.”

The applications are due to be heard at a planning meeting on Thursday, June 24.

They were expected to be debated at a meeting last week (June 10) but were rescheduled after speakers dialling in remotely experienced audio issues.

Words: Amanda Cameron, Local Democracy Reporter


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