Tesco appeal victory

Tesco has won its battle for a convenience store next to the King William IV pub in Warmley.

A planning inspector has upheld an appeal against South Gloucestershire Council’s refusal of the scheme for the site on the corner of Tower Road South and Cadbury Heath Road.

The plans for the Tesco Express involve demolishing the porch and single-storey extension to the pub and porch and building a shop to the side, with a new access off Tower Road South to a reconfigured car park serving both the King Billy and a new store.

Councillors rejected the plans, which had provoked scores of objections, a year ago. They said the proposed delivery bay in front of the pub, close to a pedestrian crossing, would be likely to increase road dangers.

But a planning inspector has given the go-ahead, saying the submitted evidence showed how safety concerns over the delivery bay would be addressed. Evidence also demonstrated that the proposal would not harm the ongoing viability of the pub.

The inspector stipulated that hours of working during construction should be restricted to Monday to Friday 7.30am to 6pm and Saturday 8am to 1pm with no working on Sundays or bank holidays. No deliveries shall be taken at or despatched from the site outside the hours of 6am and 11pm on Monday to Saturday and 8am to 9pm on Sundays and bank holidays.

The original plans said the store would be open from 6am to 11pm seven days a week and would create three full-time and 14 part-time jobs.