Historic Pub under Threat

posted 25 Feb 2013, 06:34 by Phil Handy   [ updated 25 Feb 2013, 07:20 ]
Local resident, Mike Jackson, writes:

"I have lived in Frampton Cotterell and Coalpit Heath for 22 years and I am very proud of our villages and the community amenities that they offer and needless to say I use the majority of them, some with great frequency.

The STAR public house in Church Road is about to change ownership and the likelihood is that the new owner will be seeking to develop the site into housing including the possibility of part or full demolition of the Star in favour of domestic dwellings.

The Star’s status as a pub would be lost resulting in another blow to the retention of our community facilities and a significant loss of a piece of our local history. The Star has been trading as a pub for 140 years offering a living for its tenants and providing a place where local people can socialise within their own community.

Up to now, IT HAS NOT BEEN A CLOSED AND DERELICT PUB !!

Frampton and Coalpit Heath have lost shops, pubs, services and the Frampton Post Office in recent years whilst gaining more housing and the prospect is of even more housing to come. All of which will need to be served by the very amenities that may get displaced if, for example, the Star is allowed to be lost as a pub. 

In order to develop or change the use of the Star to housing, planning permission will need to be obtained. I urge you to consider voicing your concern for the future of the Star if and when the opportunity arises. 

Now is a good time to prepare a response to a planning application should one be submitted. South Gloucestershire Council will write to immediate neighbours of the Star in the event of an application but all villagers are entitled to comment on the loss of such a worthy contributor to our village community.

Remember – ONCE IT’S GONE, IT’S GONE !!

Local facilities that we have permanently lost in recent years include:

  • Golden Lion public house, Beesmoor Road
  • Western Coach House public house, North Corner
  • DIY Homemaker shop, Woodend Road
  • Frampton Cotterell Post Office
  • Brookman’s on Woodend Road as well as their bakery on Church Road
  • Texaco service station, Badminton Road
  • Horseshoe public house, The Causeway
  • Hartwell’s / ex-VMW garage, junction of Badminton Road / Church Road
Six of the eight sites above have been developed for housing. Replacement amenities have not been provided."