Calls for fence around empty pub to be torn down after developer fails to gain permission

PUBLISHED: 17:00 10 May 2018

A large fence surrounds Cleeve's Lord Nelson.

A large fence surrounds Cleeve's Lord Nelson.

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Villagers have slammed a developer after an ‘unsightly’ large fence was installed around a closed pub without planning permission.

The Lord Nelson in Cleeve is subject to demolition plans which would see a petrol station, convenience store and pub café built in its place.

The plans have angered many villagers, and their frustrations were exacerbated when the developer built a large hoarding around the pub in February.

Tout, however, never received planning permission from North Somerset Council, so it has now entered an application.

If it is rejected, Tout will be ordered to remove the fence.

In February, Tout insisted the fence was installed amid fly-tipping complaints from Cleeve Parish Council, but the members and villagers alike have criticised the ‘eyesore’ fencing.

With the fence under review, dozens of villagers have registered their anger at the hoarding on the North Somerset’s planning portal, including parish councillor Hilary Burn.

She wrote: “It is unfortunate the developer is being disingenuous with facts from the parish council.

“No-one wants vandalism and litter in their village but equally there is no-one who wants boarding which is an eyesore.

“The developer simply has not attempted to engage with the residents of Cleeve as seen by no material change in development proposals published to date.”

Villager and campaigner Ian Fergusson described the fence’s installation as a ‘flagrant disregard’ of planning protocol.

He said: “While residents clearly wish to see our valued heritage and community asset protected and secure, this unsightly imposing barricade was put up with no planning consent.

“Visually and functionally, it is completely over the top. It wholly spoils the central village setting and creates significant hazards for pedestrians when larger vehicles pass by, given the narrow pavement and dropped kerb on this busy section of the A370.

“It should be replaced with open mesh Heras fencing panels. North Somerset must not allow this flagrant disregard for their planning protocol to go unchallenged.”

The Mercury approached Tout Ltd to comment, but did not receive a reply at the time of going to press.

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