Chief Trading Post plans move ahead

September 02 2021


PLANS have been submitted to South Gloucestershire Council for a mixed-use development on the site of the Chief Trading Post in Oldland Common.   
The proposals involve a wholesale redevelopment of the site including demolition of the buildings and creation of a sustainable new development providing a GP surgery, community facilities, housing and employment opportunities.
In response to existing concerns about traffic on Barry Road, the scheme will deliver traffic calming measures, improvements to road safety for pedestrians and cyclists and better access to local bus stops.
 A new café and retail space for the popular Chief Trading Post, which has proved to be a community hub during the pandemic, will be included, alongside a new larger surgery for Hanham Health and up to 50 homes including bungalows, market and affordable housing. The development will also include a specialist supported housing scheme for people with learning disabilities, delivered by Elim Housing.  
New public open space will be provided for use by both residents and the wider community. The enhanced landscaping will feature native species of trees and shrubs and areas of grassland to support wildlife and increase biodiversity.  
 Roland Tanner from the  Chief Trading Post said: “Trading from more modern premises will help safeguard the future for Chief Trading Post, as well as Tooty Fruity and Kelsey’s Pad. The first phase of the development will be the replacement of the cafe and shop, which will be fantastic for us and our customers.”
Dr Paul Taylor, of Hanham Health, said: “We are very excited by this opportunity, which is the only realistic option we have found. We have outgrown our existing premises and have been looking for an alternative site for years.  Our existing surgery in Oldland Common is no longer fit for purpose and we are bursting at the seams.”
 “A new surgery will not only resolve these issues but will allow us to add on vital additional health and community services. These will in turn provide real benefit to our patients. The proposed new site is very close to our current surgery so would be perfect for our patients. We hope to have a decision on planning in the autumn and that patients and residents will support the proposals.”
 Paul Smith, chief executive of Elim Housing said: “We are delighted to partner with Oldland Common LLP on this much needed supported housing scheme for people with learning disabilities. All too often people with learning disabilities are placed very far from home and their communities due to absence of appropriate accommodation to meet their needs. The proposed scheme will offer tenancies with support on-site that will allow the residents to continue to live close to their families, engaging with education, training, employment and social activities to fulfil their potential.”
 View from Barry Rd into the site.