Legion pub plan sparks concerns
Fears over noise and anti-social behaviour:
THERE is a plan to turn a Royal British Legion club in the Cynon Valley into a pub and a takeaway despite concerns over noise and anti-social behaviour.
The plans for the private members club on Bethania Place in Cwmbach, which is set to be in a poor state of disrepair, would see the ground floor split into a pub and a takeaway with the upper floor used as a function room for private parties.
All three would be separate businesses with the pub and function room open between 12pm and 11pm from Sunday to Thursday and 12pm and midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.
The takeaway would be open from 12pm to 10pm each day.
One letter of objection has been received from neighbours who say the current use of the building results in considerable noise and disturbance to surrounding residents from both patrons and vehicles.
They also say there are antisocial behaviour and litter problems associated with the club adding that the proposed uses would exacerbate these issues.
The other concerns are that the takeaway would result be a nuisance to surrounding residents in terms of smell and that the conversion would result in a loss of value for surrounding properties.
But planning officers at RCT council say in their report: “Whilst it is accepted the application site is located within a predominately residential area of the village where the proposed uses would inevitably result a degree of noise and disturbance to surrounding residents, the building has historically operated as a private members club which has many of the same characteristics as that of a public house and the proposed uses.
“It is therefore considered any potential impact to surrounding residents would not be significantly different to that which could currently occur.
“It is consequently considered the proposed uses at the site would be compatible with the surrounding residential area and would not result in a degree of disturbance to surrounding residents that would be significant enough to warrant refusal of the application.
“Additionally, whilst there is some concern that the off-street parking provision is below that set out in the SPG (Supplementary Planning Guidance), taking in to account the proposed uses require a lesser car parking requirement than the existing use, and the fact that the majority of trips would be undertaken on foot, on balance, the proposal is considered acceptable
in respect of its potential impact upon pedestrian and highway safety in the locality.”
RCT council’s planning and development committee will consider whether to grant the application at its meeting on Thursday, November 8.
The Royal British Legion building in Cwmbach