Yate celebrates cinema plan approval despite councillor majority refusing to vote

Supporters of a cinema for Yate have been thanked for their help securing planning permission

How the cinema complex in Yate could look

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YATE will finally have its own cinema, more than 10 years after a campaign was first launched, as plans were given the green light by South Gloucestershire Council.

But shopping centre owner’s Crestbridge Corporate Trustees only just won permission for the £12million development, which will include a six-screen cinema operated by Cineworld, three retail units and several restaurants, as more members of the council’s planning committee refused to decide on the plans than those who voted.

In total eight mainly Conservative councillors on the authority’s development control east committee opted to abstain from the final vote, with five in favour and none against.

Crestbridge property developer Mark Hull said approval was great news but the centre would be working on ‘very tight timescales’ to ensure a badgers’ sett is relocated from the site, on scrubland next to the overflow car park on Link Road, during the season allowed by Natural England.

After the same committee deferred the application last month, he told the meeting on Thursday (May 8): “I am disappointed to be here again. The main issue is viability and we are only able to even consider progressing this scheme because we own the land.

“Costs are increasing considerably, by 30 per cent in the last two years, and any further delay will make the scheme completely unviable.”

He added: “We have three top High Street brands lined up for the retail element and several of the country’s leading restaurants ready to take on leases.

“If we don’t get this approved they will go elsewhere and that will be a great loss for Yate as a whole.”

Ward councillor Ruth Davis (Lib Dem, Yate Central) said: “People want this, it is something they have been asking for for 15 years.

“We have 3,000 new houses coming to Yate and this is our opportunity to actively get ahead of the game at Yate Shopping Centre and more importantly Yate town centre. People need facilities and this will enhance the area.

“If it doesn’t happen now it is unlikely to happen again if at all.”

The council’s transport officer had objected to the plans arguing additional traffic would have a ‘severe’ impact on the town centre and Link Road in particular.

Agreeding, Cllr Ben Stokes (Con, Boyd Valley) said: “We have to consider all implications of the application and what has come out absolutely clearly is the impact on transport, traffic and pedestrian access. It just seems to be inadequate in every measure.”

Cllr Jon Hunt (Con, Downend) said: “I am in favour of seeing a cinema in Yate and we know there is great public support and people will be happy it is built but if there is gridlock the public will quickly turn against us.

“I won’t be voting against a cinema but I can’t support it either.”

But Dave Redgewell, from South West Transport Network, told the committee: “You couldn’t ask for a better sustainable transport location as this is right on top of a bus station and there is a subsidised night bus in the area.

“A night-time economy is something this council is very slow to pick up on."

Cllr Pat Hockey (Lib Dem, Frampton Cotterell), the authority’s heritage champion, said even though the plans included the demolition of two locally listed buildings, the benefits to Yate were overwhelming.

“Yate has a long history of being a soulless dormitory town,” she said. “Local people, led by the town council, have made it into a real place and real towns have cinemas, they have night-time economies and like it or not they have traffic jams.”

She said many local people using the cinema or restaurants would walk, cycle, car share or get a taxi to the venue.

“Without a shadow of a doubt I know this is the right thing for Yate,” she said. “And we should all be voting for it otherwise we will be living with this on our consciences for a long time to come.”

Andrew Lowrey, Yate Shopping Centre manager, said the centre was indebted to the public for its support.

"It's a great day for Yate and I can't thank all our supporters enough,” he said. “We have been working towards this moment for a long time and all we've got to do now is build it.

"You won't see diggers on the site tomorrow but rest assured having got this far we are working hard behind the scenes to get this project up and running as soon as possible.”

Work to relocate the badgers will get underway immediately and it is hoped work will start on site late this year and completed in late 2015. The development will create 250 new jobs and 150 during construction.

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9:00am Thu 15 May 14

Born,Bred&Disillusioned says...

Well what an interesting situation this has been.
Some of our councilors have been concerned for us residents, but once again money talks.
The consoltation period in the shopping centre, I knew.was a joke. One of the men there admitted to me that he was employed by a company to get the planning through. If you have a company who is investing £12 million pounds, they expect to earn much more from it. Money talks.
Our councillors who did not vote against this plan, coukd not under the localisum bill, that prevents any challenge to a plan unless there is a legal reason. Basically put, traffic issues are not legal reasons. Our councillors were and are powerless once big business gets involved.
Now two listed buildings will be torn down, depriving Yate of some of it heratige and for what?
To allow people to watch a big screen.and eat out.
The link road is just nit built to handle the traffic its got, leave alone more. Scott way in the mornings now backs up half way along it and the evenings are bad as well. Remember, there are 3000 houses going in at North Yate and now this. What a joke.
If you look at the old planning of Yate (and its visable for all to see in the landscape) you will notice that the road to no where ob the common was meant to be dual carriageway. That was meant to carry on through Scott way and link up with the carriahe way that has recently benn ruined up through chipping Sodbury. If you look at Goose Green way, you will notice that the bridge supports all the way along were put in to allow for dual carriage ways to allow free easy movement in and out of Yate.
What we are left with by incopotent councilors is narrowing of roads unessasarily, eccesive use of traffic lights, and in creasing people and traffic. Its disgusting and will affect all of our lives. No doubt, the councilors will use the problems to blame it ob the motorist.
My condolences go out to the councillors who realise that we do want a cinema in Yate but were stopped through legislation to help us locals to get an infrastructure system in place to support it
Well what an interesting situation this has been. Some of our councilors have been concerned for us residents, but once again money talks. The consoltation period in the shopping centre, I knew.was a joke. One of the men there admitted to me that he was employed by a company to get the planning through. If you have a company who is investing £12 million pounds, they expect to earn much more from it. Money talks. Our councillors who did not vote against this plan, coukd not under the localisum bill, that prevents any challenge to a plan unless there is a legal reason. Basically put, traffic issues are not legal reasons. Our councillors were and are powerless once big business gets involved. Now two listed buildings will be torn down, depriving Yate of some of it heratige and for what? To allow people to watch a big screen.and eat out. The link road is just nit built to handle the traffic its got, leave alone more. Scott way in the mornings now backs up half way along it and the evenings are bad as well. Remember, there are 3000 houses going in at North Yate and now this. What a joke. If you look at the old planning of Yate (and its visable for all to see in the landscape) you will notice that the road to no where ob the common was meant to be dual carriageway. That was meant to carry on through Scott way and link up with the carriahe way that has recently benn ruined up through chipping Sodbury. If you look at Goose Green way, you will notice that the bridge supports all the way along were put in to allow for dual carriage ways to allow free easy movement in and out of Yate. What we are left with by incopotent councilors is narrowing of roads unessasarily, eccesive use of traffic lights, and in creasing people and traffic. Its disgusting and will affect all of our lives. No doubt, the councilors will use the problems to blame it ob the motorist. My condolences go out to the councillors who realise that we do want a cinema in Yate but were stopped through legislation to help us locals to get an infrastructure system in place to support it Born,Bred&Disillusioned
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8:31am Sat 17 May 14

rossco79 says...

What utter tosh. You have to move with the times i am afraid it is a fact of life, i have lived in Yate for more than 10 years and have never seen one of these listed buildings so what advantage to its residents?
big business can be stopped just look what is happening with the football stadiums.
yate needs this development to move forward and keep up otherwise it will end up dying a death.
with the additional 3000 homes you have mentioned current infrastructure such as pubs etc will become overrun and people need something to do.
its happening embrace it!..
What utter tosh. You have to move with the times i am afraid it is a fact of life, i have lived in Yate for more than 10 years and have never seen one of these listed buildings so what advantage to its residents? big business can be stopped just look what is happening with the football stadiums. yate needs this development to move forward and keep up otherwise it will end up dying a death. with the additional 3000 homes you have mentioned current infrastructure such as pubs etc will become overrun and people need something to do. its happening embrace it!.. rossco79
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6:36pm Tue 20 May 14

Born,Bred&Disillusioned says...

Well after 45 years of living in this area, I have bothered to learn about the area to which I live.
Listed building status is given to buildings that have historical interest amonst other reasons. However, I suppose there are those who can only appreciate neon lights maybe.
If you had bothered to learn about Yate, you would realise that the unit in the shopping centre that is used by Anytime Fitness was once a Cinema. That one did not need the destruction of a listed building to be there.
If you had read my comment, you would of seen that I agree that this cinema is NEEDED, but not before the roads can support the increase of traffic.
However, maybe we could meet up on the link road one day and give each car in the ensueing traffic jams a nice big hug to embrace 'progress'
Well after 45 years of living in this area, I have bothered to learn about the area to which I live. Listed building status is given to buildings that have historical interest amonst other reasons. However, I suppose there are those who can only appreciate neon lights maybe. If you had bothered to learn about Yate, you would realise that the unit in the shopping centre that is used by Anytime Fitness was once a Cinema. That one did not need the destruction of a listed building to be there. If you had read my comment, you would of seen that I agree that this cinema is NEEDED, but not before the roads can support the increase of traffic. However, maybe we could meet up on the link road one day and give each car in the ensueing traffic jams a nice big hug to embrace 'progress' Born,Bred&Disillusioned
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