Agents working on behalf of Bradley Stoke’s Willow Brook shopping centre have revealed proposals to erect two drive-through food and drink units (McDonald’s and Starbucks) and two additional (non-food) retail units within the existing boundaries of the site.
Subject to planning permission, the two drive-throughs would be erected to the north-east of the site, on land which currently comprises car parking – part of which is currently occupied by the Waves hand car wash facility.
The two (non-food) retail units would be added to the end of the existing retail terrace, beyond the Poundstretcher store, also on land that is currently used for car parking.
The work would also include a “rearrangement” of the car park, to recover lost spaces, which would bring the main access road closer to residential properties along the northern boundary of the site.
The expansion proposals are outlined in a ‘pre-application consultation’ letter which has been delivered to neighbouring residential properties in Dewfalls Drive and Wheatfield Drive. The letter solicits the “views of local stakeholders” and asks that comments or concerns be addressed to the agents, Alder King Planning, by 28th February 2018.
Alder King say they will endeavour to address any issues raised before a formal planning application is submitted to South Gloucestershire Council. A further opportunity to make comments will be available at a later date during the normal public consultation period of the planning application.
Some neighbouring residents who have received the letter have distributed it more widely, through letterboxes and online, saying they are “very unhappy” with the proposals and have set about coordinating a “community response”.
A spokesperson for the Dewfalls and Wheatfield Drive Residents Association (DAWDRA), a group that was originally formed in 2005 to influence the development of the new town centre (now known as the Willow Brook Centre), said:
“As local residents, we are becoming increasingly concerned about the traffic congestion in and around the Willow Brook Centre. The traffic is regularly backed up from Savages Wood Road in both directions to Bradley Stoke Way and Brook Way. Having further development of fast food drive-through units will encourage more motor traffic into this area, bringing with it further pollution and congestion which will have a detrimental environmental impact to the residents of Bradley Stoke.”
“There are already a number of fast food units within the Willow Brook Centre and the litter from these food outlets is already contaminating the immediate environment and adjacent nature reserve. Further units will only add to this problem.”
Above: Extract from a plan delivered with the Alder King pre-application letter (annotations by the Journal).
Contact details for Alder King may be found in the above letter.
Look out for more details on this story in the March issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine, delivered 3rd/4th March.
UPDATE (22nd February 2018)
The Alder King pre-application consultation will be discussed by Bradley Stoke Town Council’s Planning & Environment Committee at its meeting on Wednesday 28th February. Venue: The Jubilee Centre BS32 8HL. Start time: 7pm, commencing with public questions session. Agenda: http://bit.ly/bstcpec
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