'Boring' pub design given go-ahead
A NEW Hungry Horse pub on a former school site in Brislington has been given the go-ahead.
Councillors from the city's south and east development control committee voted eight in favour and one against the application yesterday.
The site, at land off Tramway Road next to Bath Road, had previously been used as a school by the Prospect Education Trust, which was accommodated within a number of portable buildings. In 2000, it was ruled that all of the cabins, which had a number of temporary consents, be removed by August 2013.
Only one cabin currently remains on the site.
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Planning officers had recommended Greene King's application for a two-storey pub and restaurant with car parking for approval.
There were 71 objections to the proposals and 14 comments in support of the pub, which Greene King said would create 40 jobs.
At the planning meeting yesterday, Councillor Jackie Norman (Lib Dem, Brislington West) and resident Catherine Lillis-James spoke against the plans.
Stephen Brooker from Walsingham Planning, and Gary Botterill from Greene King, spoke in favour of it.
After councillors gave the application permission, Ms Lillis-James told The Post: "Many residents will be disappointed that this application has been allowed.
"It doesn't fit in with the creative and imaginative aspirations of the area.
"Brislington is known for The Paintworks and being a creative area. This pub is boring and there is nothing about it that is inspirational or interesting.
"Plus, it doesn't fit in with the Edwardian houses in the surrounding area and residents continue to be worried about drink driving and anti-social behaviour.
"We are going to look into what our options are now in terms of appealing the decision."
Greene King previously said the proposal would deliver a "high quality family restaurant and public house", with children's play facilities, outdoor seating area and adjacent car parking facilities.
The company also said it would provide a boost to the local economy.