Fate of vacant Kingswood pub sealed as plans to turn it into a nursery are approved

 

Another Kingswood pub has been lost for good after plans to turn The Old Flowerpot Inn into a children’s nursery were approved.

South Gloucestershire Council has recently granted planning permission to turn the derelict pub on the High Street, which dates from 1890, into a 125-space children’s day nursery which will have 30 full-time staff.

The plans include demolishing existing extensions and building two-storey and single-storey extensions.

There were 23 letters of objection to Flowerpot Properties Ltd’s plans including the impact on traffic and parking and the loss of another local to developers, particularly as The Old Flowerpot is said to be a “very rare” two bar establishment.

But the council said the building is in a “deteriorating state of disrepair” and the proposed scheme will bring back into use a building that has been left empty for some time.

The plans were approved subject to the developer paying £10,000 to the council to secure a Traffic Regulation Order for a waiting restriction necessary to manage the additional traffic requirements that will be generated.

Plans were submitted at the same time as the pub redevelopment scheme to build four three-storey semi-detached houses at the rear, accessed from neighbouring Station Court, but that application was refused, as we reported last September.

Council planners said that the number of houses proposed would result in a cramped development with “sub-standard” outdoor space. They were concerned that nearby homes would be affected by overlooking and also rejected the plans due to the impact on road safety and on-street parking because of the lack of parking spaces.

Over the last few years the Kingswood area has lost several pubs. They include the Anchor Made For Ever at New Cheltenham, which has also become a children’s nursery. The Crown in Soundwell Road has been converted into housing, as has the Tennis Court Inn at Deanery Road and The Shant in Crown Road.

The Highwayman on Hill Street and Royal Archer on Lees Hill were demolished to make way for housing.

The Lord Rodney site on Two Mile Hill Road became a Co-op, as did The Chequers at Lodge Road.