CONCERNS have been raised over plans to transform an old garage into two new shops in Dursley. 

A change of use application was submitted by letting agency B Walker & Co to transform the old Dursley Garage in Kingshill Road. 

Proposals were submitted to Stroud District Council in November last year, and if approved could create six new full-time jobs.

Former owner Howard Steele retired from the garage last summer after an incredible 65 years of service.

The workshop would be divided into the two separate shops, each with its own retail space, storage area, toilet and kitchen plus its own staircase leading to a new area upstairs.

However, fears have now been raised over delivery vehicles which could block the pavement on Kingshill Road and potentially create a hazard for pedestrians. 


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As a result, Gloucestershire County Council Highways recommend the application be deferred to confirm the delivery arrangements for the proposed change of use. 

Meanwhile, a district council environmental health officer recommended that construction only take place between 8am and 6pm on weekdays and between 8am and 1pm on Saturdays. 

They also urged the applicant to explain how they will control dust when carrying out works at the site. 

The application however has been supported by Dursley Town Council. 

But town councillors have encouraged the applicant to use environmental materials and consider installing solar panels. 

Gazette Series: An artist's impression of the two new shops which could open in Dursley An artist's impression of the two new shops which could open in Dursley (Image: B Walker & Co)

Tony Davey, chair of Stroud and District Chamber of Trade, also previously supported the application describing the plans “positive” news for the area. 

He said: "All too often, across the Stroud District, we see buildings stay empty with little hope of reuse.

"When plans like this one in Kingshill Road are submitted, that both secure new jobs for the area and regenerate existing sites through investment, it is a very positive sign."

A planning document reads: ”The property is now vacant and the owners wish to re-develop it.

"Having given some consideration to the future of the site, the applicant would like to retain the existing structure and put it into a new use that will benefit the town, providing employment and additional retail space. 

"The building is now of some age and would benefit from some investment. 

"The building forms part of a rank that sits on a prominent approach to the town and re-development of this site would contribute to improving the appearance of this entrance into Dursley.”

You can view or comment on the application by quoting reference S.23/1926/FUL or see here -