'Inflatable theme park' plan for Fishponds
AN "inflatable theme park" for children could be created at a former car sales business in Fishponds if plans go ahead.
Operator Jumpin wants to open an indoor inflatable play centre on the Oakwood Park trading estate off Lodge Causeway.
A large gym could also move in to two of the units at the site, which have been empty for more than two years, since ALD Automotive relocated to Emersons Green.
Owners Castel Limited have applied to the city council for planning permission to change the use of the buildings next to Parnall Road.
And if the application is approved, Jumpin aims to open before the end of the autumn, creating up to 70 full- and part-time jobs.
The company runs similar facilities in Sussex, Salisbury and Derby, and is already listing Bristol on its website, which says that its next venue is "coming soon".
Documents submitted by planning agent Andrew Beard to the council say that there have been no takers for the buildings in their existing allowed use as commercial, industrial, storage or distribution premises since ALD left.
The application says Jumpin is "hoping to start trading in Autumn 2019".
If approved without amendments, the plans would allow the new businesses to open between 6am and 10pm each day, including Sundays and bank holidays.
The agent says the early opening times would be for gym customers to go before work and that Jumpin generally opens between 10am and 3pm on Sundays.
Parking for more than 200 cars and 50 bikes would be provided on-site, using existing car parking spaces and new bike facilities.
Fishponds residents have written both in support of and opposition to the plans.
Statements published on the council's website include one from Aislinn Corcoran-Anthony, who said most existing leisure facilities were a car drive away, so it "would be so nice to have an entrainment leisure option we could walk to".
She said most other empty sites in the area were being used for new housing, adding: "I dread to think what else would be proposed for this site instead."
Neighbour Emma Knaggs raised concerns over security, and questioned whether the number of parking spaces would be enough for customers of both the leisure businesses.
She said: "There are significant parking issues in Parnall and Justice Road due to the development of Beacon Tower and other properties in the area. This will only make them worse and have a serious impact on local residents."
You can view and comment on the plans here.