The Bishopston Society objects to this further planning application from Wetherspoons and the full text of our letter of objection to the Planning Department follows:
We are extremely concerned about this application for a large drinking establishment on the Gloucester Road. There are many other pubs and café bars on the Gloucester Road but nothing on this scale. The Gloucester Road was designated as a Cumulative Impact zone in August 2010 at the specific behest of the police in order that all new licensing applications should be considered in the full light of the character of the area and the wellbeing of the local residents. Bishopston is primarily a residential area comprising largely family houses. The proposed drinking hours for this new establishment of 07.00 - 12.30 Sun to Wed and 1.30am Thurs to Sat, and all night opening for New Year, are completely incompatible with normal family life. Bishopston is already under increasing pressure from late night drinking and its associated noise, nuisance, litter, damage to property and anti-social behaviour, so this further application is the last thing that the area needs.
We are particularly concerned about the 2217 square foot open roof terrace which will generate noise and disruption for local residents and is incompatible with a family residential area. Bishopston is already a 'destination' with many pubs, restaurants and cafes and we do not want it to become a city-wide drinking venue like the Whiteladies Road with all its attendant problems.
The opening of such a large establishment - largely alcohol led and with such late opening hours - would harm the ambience of Bishopston and the quality of life of nearby residents. We ask that the application be refused.
Update: On Feb 10th, the Council informed TBS that this Planning Application had been withdrawn by Wetherspoons.