A new Co-operative store looks set to open soon in Stoke Gifford after South Gloucestershire Council granted planning permission for external modifications to the former Parkway Tavern on Hatchet Road.
Work on internal changes to the former public house has been going on for some weeks, but this did not require planning permission, as a change of use from Public House (Class A4) to Retail (Class A1) is classed as ‘permitted development’ under the Town and Country Planning Act.
Members of Stoke Gifford Parish Council had expressed concerns over parking, access, delivery times and noise. Three local residents also made representations, with at least one questioning whether another convenience store is needed in the area.
A condition attached to the planning permission is that a Service Vehicle Management Strategy be submitted by the applicant, the purpose of this being “to ensure that conflict between large vehicles and the operation of the car park and store is controlled and planned in the interests of highway safety”.
No deliveries, with the exception of newspaper deliveries, are permitted between the hours of 8pm and 8am.
The new store is likely to open “in a few weeks”, according to an agent for the developers speaking at a site inspection meeting last month.
Three further planning applications, relating to signage, the installation of air conditioning units and the installation of an ATM (cash machine) are still pending a decision.
The Southern Co-operative has been advertising for staff (Team Leaders & Customer Service Assistants) at the new store since the end of August.
Photo: Councillors inspect the site on 13th September.