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Latest on the Willow Brook planning appeal

Posted on Wednesday 11th September 2019 at 10:10 pm by SH (Editor)

Willow Brook Centre: Planning appeal in progress.

Agents acting on behalf of Bradley Stoke’s Willow Brook shopping centre have lodged an appeal against South Gloucestershire Council’s decision to refuse planning permission for two new drive-through food and drink units (foreseen to be occupied by McDonald’s and Starbucks) and two new retail units at the town centre site.

The controversial planning application, submitted in March 2018, was first denied permission by the local authority’s Development Management Committee in February 2019 and then again in March 2019 by the higher-level Spatial Planning Committee.

Officers at South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) had originally recommended that the application be approved, but it was ‘called in’ for a decision to be made by council members.

With one of the proposed food drink units being located only 22m from the nearest residential property in Wheatfield Drive at its closet point, councillors decided there would be “prejudicial impact on residential amenity due to noise, general disturbance, fumes, smells, and late night activity”. They also said the proposals “failed to promote the economic, social and environmental character of the area”.

News of the appeal surfaced in early July when a Planning Inspectorate appeal application form dated 28th June 2019 appeared on the council’s planning portal.

The appellant originally requested that the appeal be determined by way of a hearing, and the case officer at the Planning Inspectorate initially announced that this would indeed be the procedure used. However, in a letter dated 7th August, she explained that, after further consideration, the alternative procedure of ‘written representations’ would now be used as a hearing could not be justified, stating: “… although there are a lot of interested parties, the issues are not particularly complicated and the council have indicated that they will not be submitting anything very technical, therefore a hearing is not justified and this appeal will now proceed by way of written representation…”

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Hospice charity shop now open at Willow Brook

Posted on Friday 6th September 2019 at 8:38 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Chris Judd cutting the ribbon, assisted by store manager Simon George.

Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) opened its 35th and newest shop in the Willow Brook Centre, Bradley Stoke on Friday 16th August.

The new outlet, located in the mall unit previously occupied by former Carphone Warehouse, offers a range of goods, including women’s, men’s and children’s clothing and accessories, as well as children’s toys and games and homewares.

Every item sold helps the charity to offer vital care and respite to more than 500 children with life-limiting conditions and their families across the South West.

The Bradley Stoke shop is anchored by a small paid team consisting of one full-time manager and three part-time assistant managers. They are supported by a team of enthusiastic volunteers, currently numbering around 20.

Although there has been a “brilliant” response already, the charity is on the look-out for more local volunteers to help run the new shop.

There’s a variety of tasks that people can do to help make a difference, from processing stock received from donations, to creating window displays, dressing mannequins and processing payments.

Anyone interested in finding out more about volunteering can email volunteer@chsw.org.uk or enquire in the shop.

Stock donations to the new shop are welcome and items can be dropped off during opening hours or alternatively call 01275 866600 to arrange collections of large items.

Opening hours are 9am-6pm Mon-Sat and 10am-4pm Sun.

Photo: Chris Judd (CHSW head of retail) cuts the ribbon, assisted by store manager Simon George (on right, in striped jacket).

This article originally appeared in the September 2019 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine (on page 25). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH (except August), to ALL 8,700 homes in Bradley Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Deadline imminent for making representations on Willow Brook planning appeal

Posted on Tuesday 20th August 2019 at 1:01 pm by SH (Editor)

Willow Brook Centre: Planning appeal lodged.

People and organisations interested in making representations for consideration by the inspector who will decide the appeal against refusal of planning permission for development at the Willow Brook Centre have until Wednesday this week (21st August) to submit their written statements.

The appealed decision relates to permission for two new drive-through food and drink units (foreseen to be occupied by McDonald’s and Starbucks) and two new retail units at the Bradley Stoke town centre site.

The deadline comes five weeks after the appeal was officially lodged and validated in mid-July.

The appellant originally requested that the appeal be determined by way of a hearing, and the case officer at the Planning Inspectorate initially announced that this would indeed be the procedure used. However, in a letter dated 7th August, she explained that, after further consideration, the alternative procedure of ‘written representations’ would now be used as a hearing could not be justified:

“…We have applied the criteria and considered all representations received, including the appellant’s preferred choice. We consider that the written representations procedure is the most suitable for this appeal for the following reason(s): Under section 319a of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, the inspector having reviewed all evidence has stated that although there are a lot of interested parties, the issues are not particularly complicated and the council have indicated that they will not be submitting anything very technical, therefore a hearing is not justified and this appeal will now proceed by way of written representation…”

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Children’s Hospice South West to open new charity shop in Bradley Stoke

Posted on Saturday 10th August 2019 at 9:09 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of the soon-to-open charity shop.

Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) will be opening the charity’s newest shop in Bradley Stoke at 10.30am on Friday 16th August.

The new outlet, located in the former Carphone Warehouse unit at the Willow Brook Centre, will offer a range of goods, including women’s, men’s and children’s clothing and accessories, as well as children’s toys and games and homewares.

Every item sold will help the charity to offer vital care and respite to more than 500 children with life-limiting conditions and their families across the South West.

Shop manager Simon George said:

“I’m really looking forward to the shop opening and being at the heart of the community in Bradley Stoke.”

“We’re delighted to be able to offer some fantastic pre-loved items and give them the chance to be loved again, all while raising money for such a special charity, helping to support our three children’s hospices in North Devon, Cornwall and Somerset.

“However you are able to support us in the store, whether that’s shopping with us or by volunteering or dropping off donations, please stop by and say hello, you’ll be assured a very warm welcome.”

CHSW relies almost entirely on voluntary contributions and the ‘whole family’ care provided includes short breaks and respite; specialist palliative care; a sibling service; emergency support, end-of-life care; and bereavement support for as long as is needed.

More: Enthusiastic volunteers sought. Stock donations welcome. »

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