The King George VI public house, on the corner of Filton Avenue and Station Road, looks set to be converted to a retail outlet after a ‘change of use’ planning application was submitted to South Gloucestershire Council.
The application, made by Brewers, a national chain of decorating material suppliers, seeks permission to change the use of the building from ‘public house’ (Class A4) to ‘retail’ (Class A1) and also foresees the provision of four self-contained flats on the first floor of the property.
In a ‘design and access statement’ submitted as part of the application, the company’s agent writes:
“The pub has obviously failed to survive in the recent poor and sustained economic climate.”
“In the light of the current employment climate and the need for housing, we feel the proposal is not unreasonable – creating both jobs and accommodation.”
Subject to approval, the new owners will operate the ground floor as a shop, leaving the flats above for rental.
A total of 37 parking spaces will be provided at the site, with some being designated for use by tenants of the flats and the others for use by staff and customers of the shop.
Public consultation on the planning application runs until 6th June.