Village pub set for demolition in Alveston housing scheme

January 26 2018

THE Cross Hands pub in Alveston could be knocked down and replaced with four houses.

THE Cross Hands pub in Alveston could be knocked down and replaced with four houses.

Hawkfield Homes has submitted a plan to South Gloucestershire Council to demoish the pub, which has been closed for some time, and replace it with detached homes on the corner plot of The Down and Strode Common.

Documents accompanying the application said there had been a high turnover of tenants during the past 15 years, indicating difficulties in making the pub viable.

Chris Dance, of planning consultants LPC, said despite comprehensive marketing, there had been no significant interest in the pub, with most interest coming from property developers.

He also said it was not suitable for alternative commercial uses.

A heritage statement said although the pub retained to a degree the external appearance of an Edwardian property, albeit altered, the interior was “devoid of character having been thoroughly altered and modified”.

It described the building as “unremarkable” and retaining no historic architectural quality.

But there have already been objections to the proposal from people who used to be customers of the pub.

The application was submitted in the days leading to Christmas and after the Bristol Pubs Group within CAMRA - the Campaign for Real Ale - had already expressed concern about the pub being closed.

A decision on the proposal will be made at a later date.