The start of work on the site of a new McCarthy & Stone development in Savages Wood Road, Bradley Stoke, is likely to lead to a clampdown on unauthorised parking in the adjacent Three Brooks pub, The Journal has learned.
The developer intends to build 50 private retirement apartments and 24 social housing units on the site and is currently awaiting final approval from South Gloucestershire Council.
Contractors began fencing off the site on 10th October, an action that has seen about one third of the car park at the Three Brooks become incorporated into the McCarthy & Stone plot, in accordance with published plans.
Stephen Williams, manager of the Three Brooks, told The Journal that the loss of 32 parking spaces would not pose a problem for his business, provided no “non customers” used the car park.
He added that the pub is working towards “having solutions in place” to deal with unauthorised users of the car park, said to include Tesco staff, shoppers visiting the Willow Brook Centre and parents picking up children from the nearby Meadowbrook Primary School.
Mr Williams, who has managed the pub for two years, said he was unaware of any agreement with the school that permitted parents to use the pub car park. The afternoon pick up time around 3:30pm might become an issue now that the car park size had been reduced in size, he added.
A spokesperson for McCarthy and Stone confirmed that preparatory work/investigations had begun on the Savages Wood Road site and that it was hoped that the project would be “commenced later this year”.
The build programme will take 12-13 months and the first sales are therefore likely to be completed in early 2013, the spokesperson added.
The development is already featured on a dedicated page of the McCarthy and Stone website: New retirement apartments planned for sale in Bradley Stoke, Bristol. [Ed: Incorrect information on the website, such as a statement that the Willow Brook Centre houses a doctors’ surgery and the suggestion that “Bristol Filton Airport” provides commercial services to the general public has been drawn to the attention of the company]
A request by the Town Council that Mc Carthy and Stone set aside an area of land within the new development for a future war memorial for the town has been rejected by South Gloucestershire planning officers, who felt the location to be unsuitable “mainly due to the [site’s] relationship with Savages Wood Road and highway considerations”.
A source at South Gloucestershire Council said that the authority was waiting for McCarthy & Stone to sign the Section 106 agreement associated with the development, which obliges the company to retain the 24 social housing units “in perpetuity”, contribute £7,965 towards the improvement of local library services, provide a new access junction into the site from Savages Wood Road and provide a new footpath to the west of the site (along the edge of the Three Brooks car park).
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