Plea to protect Live and Let Live building from development
A PLEA to save former Frampton Cotterell pub the Live and Let Live from being demolished is being made by councillors.
The 19th century building, which shut for the last time more than a year ago, is currently listed as 'under offer' by estate agents Savills, who have marketed it online as a "residential development opportunity".
At the moment no planning permission for the prominent site, on the corner of Clyde Road and Park Lane, has been secured.
The pub has been locally listed as an important building but does not have formal protection from development which comes with a government graded listing.
Frampton Cotterell Parish Council has written to South Gloucestershire Council planners to urge them to prevent the pub from being demolished as part of any planning application made for the site.
Councillors said they decided to act immediately because of the strength of feeling about the building.
Parish councillor Pat Hockey said: “I feel very much that the building should be kept and that’s very much the feeling of the parish council.
“We felt we had to accept that any ability that we might have to retain it as a pub was zilch – it’s not the only pub in the village, so we can’t say it’s a pub of huge importance.
"If there’s another pub just up the road you can’t take that line.
"We thought the main thing was to keep the building, to keep a bit more of our heritage, which is disappearing.”
The Live and Let Live was put up for sale in February by owners the Wellington Pub Company.
It closed in November 2019.
It was formerly a Bath Ales pub, and prior to that owned by Youngs, becoming independent in 2012.
If it is not possible for someone to find a business use for the building, Pat hopes that a sympathetic residential development would be a last resort, rather than demolishing it.
She said: “I think that’s very much the sort of thing that we would like to see – like the Horseshoe Pub. There was space around it and the architect converted the pub building into one property and built the others as if they were all part of the same project.
“Quaint old pubs are loved and used if they’ve got a good chef a good kitchen, but this one hasn’t been lucky enough to have investment coming into it.
"It’s value as a site is far greater than its potential as a pub.”