Deadline looms closer on decision to demolish historic Royal British Legion building

PUBLISHED: 12:05 23 January 2019 | UPDATED: 12:21 23 January 2019

Long Ashton Royal British Legion Club.	Picture: Mark Atherton

Long Ashton Royal British Legion Club. Picture: Mark Atherton

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A 19th century building may be demolished and replaced with housing if planning permission is approved by North Somerset Council.

CSJ Planning Consultants has submitted plans for the Royal British Legion building in Long Ashton, in Providence Lane, to be torn down and replaced with nine three-bedroom homes.

More than 50 people have objected to the plans, with only one person in favour of having the housing development on their doorstep.

Issues concerning road safety, the site’s over-development and the potential homes being out-of-keeping with the scenery of the village have been raised to the unitary authority.

The building has been derelict for three years and the agent has put in planning on behalf of Derek Press, of Prelon Properties, who is looking to replace the former community hub.

One person living in the village said in the submission to the council: “It is clearly an important site which is situated at possibly the most important crossroad in the centre of the village.

“It has to be a development that both visually and functionally enhances the area, which these plans certainly do not demonstrate is the case.”

The buildings are set to be three-storeys tall and the plans also include the provision for 18 car parking spaces.

Another said: “The design is more fitting to a city centre than a rural village and it’s not in keeping with the lovely architecture of Long Ashton.

“The community facility has served the people of this village for many years and we need more community space, not less.

“It’s a real shame that profit is being considered over community cohesion.”

The Royal British Legion took ownership of the building in 2010, but a decrease in membership and high rental costs forced it to vacate the premises in 2016.

A Long Ashton Parish Council spokesman said: “Our members have recommended the refusal of this application.”

“While we are pleased to see the retention of the stone wall, we believe the current plans represent an over-development of the site.

“There are too many properties and the proposed homes’ height means they will dominate the street and will be overbearing.”

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