Avon Valley Railway

Applying for planning permission to formalise a situation which has been in operation for 25 years, whereby they start the preparation of a steam engine at 6:00AM on running days to allow it to be ready for use later. The original planning permission defined the normal “operating hours” as 10:00 to 18:00 hours and did not mention preparation time. South Glos are now apparently claiming AVR are not complying with the original planning permission.

Bitton Parish Council and a number of neighbours are objecting to the permission being changed, although it is only formalising the situation which has existed for many years. If AVR are not allowed preparation time for locos before use, then it will severely reduce the time available for generating income. See planning application https://developments.southglos.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=Q8EW0ROKGRE00 P20/06181/RVC | Variation of condition no. 2 for Planning Permission PK17/2506/F to allow operating times from 6.00am on public opening days only (up to 130 days). PK17/2506/F-Erection of free standing canopy to replace existing canvas roof structure. | Bitton Station Bath Road Bitton South Gloucestershire BS30 6HD for full details. Submissions to support or comment on the application can be made from the web site.
Expiry date: 5 May 2020