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Printing House appeal: please write!
Written by Michael Rundell   
Monday, 18 February 2013 20:36

Last year, the Council received an application for a "Family Entertainment Centre" on Simmonds Road. The application was refused by the Development Management Committee (details here), but now the applicant has appealed this decision. The appeal will be heard by the Planning Inspectorate in Bristol.

If the appeal is granted – that is, if the Council’s refusal of the application is overturned – the Printing House will receive a D2 (“assembly and leisure”) classification, and this could pave the way for its later use as a nightclub. It is important to note that this is the final stage in the application procedure for this proposal: the Inspector's decision will be final.

The Planning Inspector will be sent all the original documents, letters of objection, and so on. Nick Eden-Green is sending a letter opposing the apppeal, as are the Wincheap Action Group (WAGs), the Wincheap Society, and many local residents and businesses.

If you would like to add your voice, please send your objections to:


by post

by email

The Planning Inspectorate

3/10b Wing

Temple Quay House

2 The Square

Temple Quay

Bristol BS1 6PN


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using this reference: A/12/2188522/NWF

The deadline is 27th February, and note that if you are sending your submission by post, you need to send three copies.

It is probably best to keep it short, and to stick to the planning issues. When the original nightclub application was refused back in February 2011, the reasons for refusal were given as follows:

“The proposal, by virtue of late-night noise and early-morning noise, disturbance and activity generated by persons arriving at and home going from the premises would be likely to be detrimental to the amenities of residents of surrounding streets. Furthermore the proposal would lead to an unacceptable proliferation of activity associated with such 'night-time' uses in the surrounding area, thereby increasing the harm to amenity, in particular of the Wincheap and Castle Street areas, introducing a use not specifically identified as appropriate within the regeneration proposals for the Wincheap Regeneration Zone; the proposal is therefore contrary to polices BE1, TC2, TC10 and TC15 of the Canterbury District Local Plan.”




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