Supermarket plan submitted for Fishponds bingo hall

December 23 2020
Supermarket plan submitted for Fishponds bingo hall

PLANS have been submitted to allow the bingo hall in Fishponds Road to be converted into a supermarket or DIY store.

The application was made to Bristol City Council in September on behalf of the site's owners, Jersey-based Jacques L’Hyveuse LP.

Current operators Buzz Bingo had not commented on the plans as the Voice went to press, although the plans make no mention of the venue closing permanently and say that no retail operator has been lined up to move in.

Writing on behalf of the freehold owners, planning consultant Andrew Beard told the council: "The site has been closed during the COVID-19 pandemic and the entertainment economic market is subject to significant uncertainty.

"This application is to secure a planning permission for retail use, should the need arise to secure alternative use.

"There is no existing prospective operator, but being within the defined Fishponds Town Centre, retail use is considered wholly appropriate."

The application says that the size of the building would "ideally lend itself to a further food store or a DIY unit" and frequently references the other supermarkets nearby.

The main physical change in the application would be to create a loading bay for lorries bringing deliveries, which would arrive via the front entrance.

The car park would retain more than 100 spaces for customers, including 18 disabled parking spaces, with new cycle space provision for staff and the public.

Only two public comments had been made on the plans as of December 12, one in support and the other asking that the walkway between the car park and the Channons Hill Retail Park is kept open.

The Voice asked Buzz Bingo whether it intended to leave the site in the near future but the company had not responded with a statement before we went to press.

Anyone who wants to comment on the plans should search the planning section of the city council's website for application 20/04204/F, call 0117 922 3000 or write to Development Management, City Hall, Bristol City Council, PO Box 3399, Bristol, BS1 9NE.