Pizza Hut to join Catcote Road shopping parade

The unit which will soon be occupied by Pizza Hut.
The unit which will soon be occupied by Pizza Hut.

A FAST-FOOD giant is set to open on a Hartlepool shopping parade after councillors gave plans the thumbs up.

Pizza Hut has been given the go-ahead to move into a unit built on the site of former pub The Shakespeare, in Catcote Road.

The unit which will soon be occupied by Pizza Hut.

The unit which will soon be occupied by Pizza Hut.

Despite concerns by residents of litter, an increase in anti-social behaviour, and a potential for a rise in the sale of alcohol as a result of the takeaway, the Hartlepool Borough Council planning committee approved proposals.

As well as the negative points, a number of positives were also raised, including the fact that the opening of the Pizza Hut eaterie would improve the appearance of the shops, there would be a creation of jobs, and it would increase economic development in the town.

Councillor Geoff Lilley, Putting Hartlepool First representative for the Fens and Rossmere ward, said: “I feel for the people who live opposite because those shops have become like an arcade of fast food outlets, and I also think we might see one or two of those potentially going to the wall, which I suppose happens.

“I can’t see a reason to object but it doesn’t mean to say we shouldn’t recognise people’s concerns.”

The proposal was a renewal of plans which had previously elapsed.