Posts Tagged ‘The Willow Brook Centre’

Willow Brook lodges appeal against “McDonald’s & Starbucks” planning refusal

Posted on Monday 8th July 2019 at 12:55 pm by SH (Editor)

Willow Brook Centre: Planning appeal lodged.

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 had originally recommended that the application be approved, but it was ‘called in’ for a decision to be made by council members.

An appeal application form dated 28th June 2019 has recently been published on the council’s planning portal, however, at the time of writing, it has not yet appeared as a live case on the Planning Inspectorate website.

The applicant has requested that the appeal be determined by way of a hearing (which the Journal understands would be open to the press and public).

The Spatial Planning Committee’s grounds for refusing the application, which will be scrutinised by the appointed planning inspector, were:

The proposed development, if permitted, would result in a harmful concentration of food and drink uses resulting in a prejudicial impact on residential amenity due to noise, general disturbance, fumes, smells, and late night activity. The proposed development is therefore contrary to policy PSP8 and PSP35 of the South Gloucestershire Local Plan: Policies, Sites and Places Plan (Adopted) November 2017.

Furthermore, the application is contrary to the three objectives in paragraph 8 of the National Planning Policy Framework (February 2019) in that the development fails to promote the economic, social and environmental character of the area.

To read the full history of the case, visit our Planning Applications of Note page or the archive of posts with the PT18/1491/O tag.

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Win a year’s free gym membership at Anytime Fitness in Bradley Stoke

Posted on Saturday 18th May 2019 at 9:01 pm by SH (Editor)

Personal training at Anytime Fitness, Bradley Stoke.

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The Bradley Stoke Journal is offering readers the chance to win a year’s free gym membership at Anytime Fitness Bradley Stoke in an exclusive prize draw that is open until 4th June 2019.

Anytime Fitness is the world’s largest 24-hour gym network with over 4,500 sites worldwide and 160 currently open in the UK. There are four sites in Bristol, one of them located in the Willow Brook Centre at the heart of Bradley Stoke, with the others in Cribbs Causeway, Clifton and Yate.

Founded in 2002 in the United States, Anytime Fitness quickly grew its global portfolio to take on Australia, New Zealand, Europe and in 2010 came to the United Kingdom. The first Anytime Fitness to open on UK soil was Bristol Clifton on the famous Clifton Triangle and it is still there today. Due to its local popularity and success in the area, Anytime Fitness then opened an additional club at the Willow Brook Centre in January 2012 and has been proudly serving the local community ever since.

Featuring state-of-the-art equipment, the club boasts a large cardiovascular offering, dedicated free weights area, functional rig and more. Being open to its members 24 hours a day, all year round, Anytime Fitness Bradley Stoke is the fitness club that fits into anyone’s lifestyle.

A range of membership types are available at the club, including discounted corporate rates for selected companies in the area, and the newly introduced ‘Anytime Prime’ membership, a discounted rate for 55-year-olds and above who want to be more active.

Click HERE to enter the Anytime Fitness Free Prize Draw.

More: Benefits of Anytime Fitness membership »

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Mixed reactions to Willow Brook Centre’s new speed bumps

Posted on Wednesday 17th April 2019 at 9:51 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of one of the new full-width speed bumps.

The replacement of a number of cushion-type speed bumps on the access road of the Willow Brook shopping centre with new, more severe, full-width bumps sparked extensive debate on the Journal’s Facebook page during March.

The reader who started the discussion remarked on the “large traffic queue” that had formed because of drivers slowing to a crawl as they passed over the “overly harsh” speed bumps, noting that this had resulted in the roundabout near the Three Brooks pub becoming blocked.

Scores of other readers added comments complaining about the severity of the bumps, expressing fears that their vehicles’ suspension and/or wheel alignment might be damaged as a result of passing over them.

Others complained about the discomfort experienced by vehicle occupants, particularly the elderly or disabled and those with sensitive medical conditions such a back pain.

On the other hand, the new bumps were strongly supported by readers who are concerned about the safety of pedestrians using the zebra crossing or have experienced issues with vehicles swerving into the centre of the road to avoid the previous cushion-type bumps.

Speed bumps were first installed at the centre in September 2011 following a series of accidents that had been attributed to speeding. The centre management later claimed that the number of reported incidents had reduced from 58 in the 35 months prior to installation of the bumps to zero in the subsequent 12 months.

Responding to a statement request from the Journal, Andy Wynn, manager of the Willow Brook Centre, said:

“The new speed bumps have been installed following a review of safety in the area, in light of a number of near misses for both pedestrians and vehicles. The speed bumps are designed to be driven over between 5 miles per hour and the speed limit of the car park, which has always been 10 miles per hour. The same make and model of speed bump is in place in several car parks around Bristol and has been for some years.”

More: Selected reader comments from our Facebook page »

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McDonald’s and Starbucks drive-through plans refused for second time

Posted on Friday 12th April 2019 at 6:12 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of the Spatial Planning Committee meeting in progress.

Proposals for two new 24-hour drive-through food units and new retail space at Bradley Stoke’s Willow Brook Centre have been refused permission by councillors for a second time.

South Gloucestershire Council’s (SGC’s) Spatial Planning Committee, meeting at Brook Way Activity Centre on 19th March, had been tasked with “re-evaluating” the application after councillors on a lower-level committee had ignored the case officer’s recommendation and refused permission by five votes to two.

The proposals have proved controversial because of the proximity of the drive-through units to residential properties in Wheatfield Drive, with the single-storey Starbucks being just 22m away from the nearest dwelling. The adjacent two-storey McDonald’s building would be 50m distant.

Further concerns had been expressed over the plans to realign the main access road into the Willow Brook Centre, which would bring it much closer to the rear of residential properties in Dewfalls Drive.

In a re-run of the previous meeting, a packed hall first heard from the applicant’s agent who said the proposals represented a “significant investment” that would “enhance the vitality and viability of the centre” and create 85 full- and part-time jobs.

Although an earlier ‘acoustic report’ submitted by the applicant indicated that there would be no significant increase in night-time noise associated with the food units, the agent indicated that they would be prepared to accept a condition restricting the opening hours of the food units to 6am-11pm for Starbucks and 6am-midnight (Sun-Thu) / 6am-1am (Fri & Sat) for McDonald’s.

Opponents of the scheme were then given a chance to speak, including Steve Moir (headteacher at Bradley Stoke Community School) who said the proximity of the fast food units would add to the “challenges and temptations” faced by students and undermine teaching on healthy lifestyles.

More: Refusal based on South Glos and national planning policies »

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