Le­gion pub plan sparks con­cerns

Fears over noise and anti-so­cial be­hav­iour:

Cynon Valley - - FRONT PAGE - AN­THONY LEWIS an­thony.lewis@reach­plc.com

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

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