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MetiNews.Com - A care home had previously been permitted on the site
Breaking News ! Plans to construct a care home on the site of a former Yate pub have been shelved, in favour of building 40 flats instead. The Railway Inn used to serve drinkers on Station Road, but the building was demolished several years ago ahead of redevelopment. South Gloucestershire Council approved plans in March to for a 56-bedroom care home and 12 extra care flats on the site. However, applicant the Railway Building Company has had a rethink as a result of coronavirus, and now wants to build two blocks of flats there. A letter accompanying the planning application read: "Following the grant of planning permission and due to changes in the socio-economic environment in the country since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, our client has decided to reconsider the options for the site and now seeks consent for a scheme which is wholly residential use. "Whilst the proposed use of the site has changed the overall form of the development remains similar to what has previously been approved on the site." Looking for today's top stories in one place? Sign up for our newsletter here The pub has already been flattened but there is also a barber's shop on the site, which would be demolished ahead of construction. One of the blocks would be three storeys tall and contain nine flats, while the larger block would be four storeys in height and house 31 flats. There would be 40 car parking spaces and 92 cycle parking spaces for residents to use. No affordable housing Developers are arguing that they should not have to designate any of the flats as affordable housing, despite the council requiring 35 per cent in all new developments with 10 or more homes. Its policy says this obligation is "unless the developer demonstrates that the economic viability of a particular site is affected by specific factors and as a result that a lower percentage should be provided".
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It added: "A number of appraisals have been undertaken, and the results of these demonstrate that the scheme is not viable at a policy compliant level of 35 per cent affordable housing. "A number of appraisals have been undertaken for the scheme which result in the suggestion that a 0 per cent affordable housing scheme is the only option viable." A further document arguing the case for no affordable housing continued: "The baseline and policy compliant appraisal generates a minimal land value and profit position and therefore remains unviable.
"Only by reducing the affordable housing to 0 per cent does the land value improve to make the scheme both deliverable and viable." In 2018 the council rejected a plan for 43 flats on the same site, describing the proposal as "high density". The new application describes the scheme as being "visually very similar" to the approved care home, except for the proposed use. A decision is due to be made by January next year. Members of the public can submit comments online and view the plans, by searching the council's planning site for P20/19213/O.
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