Legion site plans refused again

April 29 2019

PLANS to turn the Royal British Legion building in Staple Hill into homes have been rejected for a second time.


Developer Charlotte Alsopp has been told her proposals to demolish part of the building in Kendall Road and convert the rest into seven homes are “unacceptable”.
Ms Alsopp wanted to build two one-bed flats, four two-bed flats and a two-bed house on the site in Kendall Road.
But the plans were rejected by South Gloucestershire Council on April 9 with the authority saying the proposals would be harmful to the character of the area.
Balconies and windows planned for the north of the building would impact on the privacy of neighbours, and future occupiers would suffer from a lack of light, the council said.
The authority added that the parking and bin storage areas were too near bedrooms and would be “detrimental” for people living there.
A report said: “Overall the scheme would have an unacceptable impact on the residential amenity of both future occupants and existing neighbours.”
Plans to convert the building had originally been submitted last year but were refused in December.
They were amended and resubmitted in February but the council said the new application did not address the design concerns of the first.
The club closed suddenly at the end of 2016 under mysterious circumstances, with the British Legion's head office refusing to explain why it had shut.
The 0.2 acre site includes a ground floor main hall, meeting room and kitchen and a first floor function room and reception room.
The building had been marketed by property agent Alder King which announced the building had been sold for “in excess of £315,000” just days before the plans were turned down by the council last month.
Neighbours had told the authority they weren't happy with the scheme because it would invade their privacy.
One objector said: “Built at a right angle to the road, the proposed houses would overlook the back gardens of most houses at the top of Kendall Road, Upper Station Road and some of Acacia Road, which means most would lose either all or part of the privacy and security of their gardens.”
Another resident said: “Owners of the proposed new property will be able to stand on their balcony and look directly into my garden and rear windows.”
They also said there were already parking problems in the area and the development would only add to them.