Objections raised over plans to turn former Darlington barber shop into takeaway

Darlington town hall, where planners will consider the application

Darlington town hall, where planners will consider the application

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OBJECTIONS have been raised over plans to turn a former Darlington barber shop into a takeaway.

Plans have been submitted to Darlington Borough Council to turn the former barber shop in Belvedere Road, Darlington, into a hot food takeaway.

The shop has been boarded up for around 15 years and the proposals include plans for a new shop front to the front and side of the building.

Nearby residents have raised a number of concerns over the plans, including fears the takeaway would attract antisocial behaviour and lead to an increase in traffic and noise problems.

Andrew Burgess, of Clifton Road, said there are already a large number of takeaways on nearby Victoria Road, including pizza shops, curry houses and Chinese takeaways.

“We really don't need any more,” he said.

He also raised concerns that rats may be attracted to the proposed takeaway.

He added: “There is a large rat problem in the area already and having food remains will only encourage them more.”

Environmental health officers at the authority said they have no objections to the application in principal, but raised concerns over its location in a residential area.

They have recommended a number of conditions are imposed if planning permission is granted.

The application will be considered by planning officers at the council after the period for comments from the public has closed.

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1:43pm Wed 30 Apr 14

darlolass22 says...

Shop is an eye sore as it stands now. If it were to open as a takeaway, there would have to be quite a few conditions. It's a residential area unlike Victoria Road. I told my partner there was a sign on the shop saying there was a consultation about turning it into a takeaway - his response summed it up 'oh no, not another pizza shop!'
Shop is an eye sore as it stands now. If it were to open as a takeaway, there would have to be quite a few conditions. It's a residential area unlike Victoria Road. I told my partner there was a sign on the shop saying there was a consultation about turning it into a takeaway - his response summed it up 'oh no, not another pizza shop!' darlolass22
  • Score: 10

5:05pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Froggie4 says...

I am all up for regeneration of these empty shops, but as it goes this one will remain an eyesore as only the shop (ground floor) has been bought and not the flat above it. If this is not bad enough another shop on the other corner of the next street has had planning permission passed to be a 24hr fish and chip shop!! Do we really need all these food establishments in one area??
I am all up for regeneration of these empty shops, but as it goes this one will remain an eyesore as only the shop (ground floor) has been bought and not the flat above it. If this is not bad enough another shop on the other corner of the next street has had planning permission passed to be a 24hr fish and chip shop!! Do we really need all these food establishments in one area?? Froggie4
  • Score: 4

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