Is this a future for the Folly Inn site?

There’s always something of interest to be found in a weekly scroll through the planning application list at B&NES and today’s search certainly brought up something of interest.

If like me you cycle or walk via the inclined pathway to the Kennet and Avon Canal towpath – via Grosvenor Bridge ( off the London Road) you will pass the ruins – on the left-hand side – of what was the former Folly Inn Brewery and Pleasure Ground.

The Folly Inn and Brewery. A watercolour by Samuel Poole 1929. © Victoria Art Gallery

Now little more than a ruin, it’s a small part of the whole sloping site which leads down from the canal towpath and is owned by two individuals who have applied for permission to erect a “car-free, off-grid, self-build dwelling for a local boater family.”

The application includes several reports on the ecological impact of such a construction on behalf of Ms Wendy Zakiewicz and Mr Tom Edwards.

Detail from planning application

According to a report on the trees on the site it states:

“The proposed house footprint has been altered and relocated in order to
minimise the impact on the retained trees

Ms Zakiewicz and Mr Edwards
propose to self-build the house in a low-impact manner without using
machinery and with all excavations carried out by hand. This will minimise
the likelihood of compaction and root severance.”

You can view the details via

You have until September 16th to comment on the application with a decision expected around October 3rd.