Bristol pub could be transformed into a youth community space if planning application approved

A new community space focused on children and young people could become a reality if a planning application is approved.

The Swan is a vacant pub which sits on Morley Street, Redfield.

The Swan may become a youth centre if a planning application is approved.

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Wellspring Settlement have submitted a planning application in which they express a desire to transform the pub into a youth centre.

On their website Wellspring Settlement wrote: “We spoke to lots of local people before submitting this application, and most were keen that the space should be open and useful to everyone in the community.

“Although The Swan used to be a popular meeting place for locals, it has struggled to make enough money to run over the last 10 years, and only a few people wanted it to remain as a pub.

“Our vision is that it will now become a welcoming and useful hub for everyone who lives in the area.”

The planning application was submitted on Monday, April 4, 2022 and it is pending consideration.

Whilst the company waits on the council’s decision they will begin work on the roof and walls of the building to make them water tight.

They will also work on the outside of the building as it has fallen into disrepair.

The planning application includes details on what Wellspring Settlement plan to carry out at the site if they are successful.

It states that they would like to create 12 new parking spaces outside of the property.

Downstairs will become a community centre with two large youth spaces, one including a stage.

There will be unisex toilets as well as an acessible facility.

A kitchenette has been proposed as well as an area for storage.

Upstairs is to be converted into offices with four separate rooms dedicated to work functions.

There will also be toilets and a kitchen.

Wellspring Settlement said: “Our conversations with young people indicate that they want somewhere bright and modern to meet each other and follow their interests.

“The plan is that the ground floor will be open to young people after school and at weekends, and during weekdays there will be activities for other groups, many of which will be run by the Bristol Somali Resource Centre.”

Any local residents who want to have their say on the new community centre can email Wellspring Settlement at [email protected]