wetherspoonsFollowing the withdrawal of their previous application, Wetherspoon have submitted a new application to turn 349-353 Gloucester Road into a pub.

 The details can be seen here.

You can make a public comment on this application on the Council's website here.

The Bishopston Society continues to be strongly opposed to the establishment of a large scale late night drinking establishment in what is primarily a residential area, and has submitted an objection to this new application.  The text is below  :

15/00081/F - Proposed change of use from two storey retail unit into a public house including internal & external alterations, new M&E equipment, beer garden and roof terrace at 349-353 Gloucester Road Horfield Bristol BS7 8TG

These comments are further to our previous comments on the applicant’s earlier application 14/03755/F, a copy of which is attached.  

We are concerned at these proposals for the first large scale drinking establishment on the Gloucester Road, when late night drinking in what is a primarily residential area is increasing all the time.

We are extremely concerned at the proposed licensing hours of 7am until 12.30 am Sunday to Wednesday, until 1.30 am Thursday to Saturday, plus one extra hour at Bank Holidays and all night drinking over New Year!

Bishopston is a neighbourhood of largely family housing and the ever increasing noise, nuisance and anti-social behaviour which goes hand in hand with the late night drinking society is changing the character of the area and very much unappreciated by the local residents. Our concern about noise and nuisance to the local community have been heightened by the addition of a large glazed lantern over the bar and a 2217 sq ft roof terrace at the rear.  It is inevitable that these additional features, which were not part of the previous application, will cause extreme nuisance and aggravation to the local community.

The arrival of a national chain alcohol outlet on the Gloucester Road will inevitably have a detrimental impact on the small, local pubs in the area and will again undermine the special local character of the area.  Bishopston is not a suitable location for a large drinking establishment like this.

The building proposed for the establishment, a 2 storey slab block from the 1960s, is an eyesore by any standards which will not be significantly enhanced by the minor enhancements proposed.

The Bishopston Society recommends refusal of this application – and will object to any application made for the premises, which fall within the Gloucester Road CIA,  to be licensed.


UPDATE  :  This application has been refused (15 May 2015)