Controversy over housing development planned for old bike shop site in Warmley

webbs for webPlans to redevelop the old Webbs of Warmley site in the High Street have sparked concern, with the location branded as “dangerous”.

Webbs left the High Street, where the bike company had traded for more than a century, in the autumn of 2013, temporarily moving to bigger premises at nearby Crown Road before relocating again last year to the Jarretts site in Willsbridge.

Now builder Philip Yates has lodged plans with South Gloucestershire Council to partly demolish workshops and storage buildings at No 14 and to erect two three-bed houses and a two-bed house, along with a two-bed flat above the existing shop, which would be kept for retail use.

The application also seeks approval to keep and “regularise” three existing parking spaces off Tower Road North and provide three new parking spaces from the existing access onto the A420.

An artist's impression of how the site would look

An artist’s impression of how the site would look

Siston Parish Council has objected to the proposal, saying it is “overdevelopment of a site situated in a very dangerous location where an increase in traffic movement will create future problems, together with the lack of amenity space”.

And people living nearby have also raised concerns about the access and the impact of the proposed development on neighbours, while it has been highlighted that the road already suffers from “extensive flooding due to the surface water drains being unable to cope”.

The planning application number is PK14/4626/F.