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Council consults on local plan for South Glos

Posted on Wednesday 7th March 2018 at 10:35 pm by SH (Editor)

New Local Plan - North Fringe Cluster.

South Gloucestershire Council’s new Local Plan Consultation Document considers how it can deliver the new homes and jobs that are needed, along with the infrastructure, services and facilities to support sustainable growth in our area up to 2036.

It is holding drop-in sessions, where you will be able to talk to officers, learn more and comment on the local plan. The two closest sessions to our area are:

  • Friday 9th March, 6pm to 8pm, at Coniston Community Centre, Patchway BS34 5LP
  • Thursday 15th March, 4.30pm to 6.45pm, at the St Michael’s Centre, Stoke Gifford BS34 8PD

Full details of the consultation can be viewed at, in the One Stop Shops and in libraries.

A council spokesperson said: “We particularly want to hear your views about Cribbs Causeway, Patchway, the former Filton Airfield, Harry Stoke and Stoke Gifford, and how we can:

  • Create new high quality, mixed use urban environments, to provide more homes and employment opportunities
  • Establish stronger neighbourhoods and district centres
  • Enhance walking, cycling and public transport provisions
  • Build on the existing economic strengths.

Watch our short video that explains the new South Gloucestershire Local Plan:

Image: Extract from Part 2 of the plan – “Urban Localities – Opportunities and Challenges”

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Willow Brook reveals plans for McDonald’s and Starbucks drive-throughs

Posted on Wednesday 21st February 2018 at 10:14 pm by SH (Editor)

Starbucks and McDonald's are set to come to the Willow Brook Centre.

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”.

More: Residents’ group raises concerns over traffic levels and litter »

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Tanning salon on the cards for Willow Brook

Posted on Wednesday 18th October 2017 at 9:17 pm by SH (Editor)

Archive image of mall unit 8 at the Willow Brook Centre trading as a Santander agency in 2011.

A retail unit at Bradley Stoke’s Willow Brook shopping centre which has lain vacant for the past three years looks set to reopen soon as a tanning salon after planning consent was granted for a change of use.

Mall unit 8, between Ocean estate agents and Reflections hair salon, last traded as an agency of Santander bank, alongside mortgage and insurance specialists The Mortgage Market.

The recently granted planning application was made on behalf of The Feel Good Group, which operates the Tanning Shop brand, under whose banner the store is expected to operate.

A planning statement submitted with the application notes that the unit has been extensively marketed since the Santander agency closed, but no potential retail or Class A2 (financial services) operators have shown serious interest.

The statement adds: “The proposed tanning salon use will undoubtedly positively add to the diversity of uses on offer in the town centre and will ensure the long term vital and viable use of the premises.”

The Feel Good Group is an established operator of tanning salons, with shops throughout the UK and particularly in London. Each shop provides both UV and sunless tanning booths and staff are trained to promote responsible tanning and UV exposure. The shops also stock a range of tanning products including tanning SPF, fake tan products, skin care and body products.

In approving the application, the responsible council planning officer noted that the proposal would not result in the loss of a retail unit within the town centre, as the previous Class A2 use was not principally retail. Additionally, it was noted the proposed tanning salon would have a retail element, with tanning products displayed and sold within the salon. On this basis, it was not considered that the proposed change of use would detract from the retail character and function of the centre.

The consent granted allows the salon to open between 9am and 8pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm on Saturdays and 11am to 6pm on Sundays. A total of five new jobs will be created, two full-time and three part-time.

The Journal understands that contracts are yet to be signed for a new lease, but as we went to press it was noted that a “coming soon” webpage had already been created for the Willow Brook Centre branch on the Tanning Shop website.

Photo: Archive image of mall unit 8 at the Willow Brook Centre trading as a Santander agency in 2011.

This article originally appeared in the October 2017 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on page 34). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

UPDATE (18/10/17): Shopfitters have commenced work within the unit.

UPDATE (19/10/17): A press release issued today by The Tanning Shop says their new Willow Brook store is “scheduled to open in November”.

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Planning application for construction vehicles to access nature reserve from Bradley Stoke Way

Posted on Sunday 5th March 2017 at 10:00 pm by SH (Editor)

Site of proposed temporary access off Bradley Stoke Way for vehicles working on the Frome Valley Relief Sewer project.

Wessex Water has submitted a planning application for permission to construct a temporary vehicle access point into the Three Brooks Local Nature Reserve from Bradley Stoke Way.

The access is needed to allow vehicles to reach a works compound that is to be set up near the ‘duck pond’, from where a tunnel for a new sewer is to be dug to a point on the other side of the M4 motorway.

The work forms part of a new 5km-long addition to the Frome Valley Relief Sewer (FVRS), which was started in the early 1990s.

The access point is on the east side of Bradley Stoke Way, close to where it crosses over the Stoke Brook. It will link Bradley Stoke Way with Concorde Way, the shared used footpath and cycleway which leads down into the nature reserve near the road bridge.

Notice warning of 'removal of vegetation' associated with the Frome Valley Relief Sewer project in the Three Brooks Local Nature Reserve, Bradley Stoke.

Permission is being sought to create the tarmacked access point for a period of 20 weeks, after which the highway verge will be restored to its current condition.

Public consultation on the planning application runs until 17th March.

In related news, South Gloucestershire Council has posted notices in the nature reserve stating that scrub clearance work associated with the FVRS project will commence this Monday (6th March).

A plan on the notice shows the area of work as being along the track between the Bradley Stoke Way road bridge and the ‘duck pond’.

More: Temporary pathway to be constructed in nature reserve. »

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