India House pub in Barton to be turned into convenience store
DESPITE a 1,200-name petition opposing the move, plans for a new shop in Barton have been approved.
Controversial proposals to demolish the former India House pub in Barton Street, which closed in February last year, and build a convenience store in its place were approved by Gloucester City Council's planning committee on Tuesday night.
The plans attracted huge interest from the community who feared a new shop on the site would draw trade from the independent shops in Barton Street, while safety concerns was also a hot topic. It is not yet known which retailer will take on the site.
Gloucester city councillor Saj Patel (Con. Barton and Tredworth) spoke at the meeting to represent the community.
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He said: "Local people have taken huge risks in starting up their own businesses in Barton, and there is overwhelming anger and opposition against these plans. Parking is a serious problem throughout the ward. It is at an optimum level already, without the addition of a supermarket."
Meanwhile David Sergeant, of Barton and Tredworth Developments Ltd, also spoke at the meeting.
He said: "The report suggests the new shop would act as an "anchor convenience store" generating linked benefits for existing shops. The reality is that some existing shops will certainly slip their moorings and close down."
Councillor Usman Bhaimia (Lab. Barton and Tredworth) said: "That junction is extremely dangerous, you can't see up or down the road when you are trying to cross.
"There are also a number of schools in the areas, so a lot of children around."
Despite this the plans were approved, subject to the developers confirming they have done adequate research on pedestrian safety.