A new gate could be installed near a shopping centre to tackle problems at an anti-social behaviour "hot-spot".
When the Willow Brook Centre opened in Bradley Stoke a new pedestrian route was opened through Manor Farm Crescent.
But residents have complained people walking past their houses to the centre have caused noise problems.
Now managers have applied for permission to install a gate which would only open during the centre's "core hours" from 0700 until 2000.
The new fence at gate will be 3m (10ft) high, according to planning documents.
A letter from the centre to South Gloucestershire Council said the move would "ensure the disruption... is kept to a minimum".
"The aim and objective of the proposed development is to reduce the anti-social behaviour taking place at the site," the letter added.
A proposal to close the route entirely was rejected by Bradley Stoke Town Council in 2008.
A decision on planning permission is due in April.