Civic chiefs reject plans

Kevin Cranney
Kevin Cranney

COUNCILLORS have rejected plans to open a new takeaway on a busy shopping parade.

Gurvir Singh had applied to Hartlepool Borough Council to change the former Pound Saver retail store at Brus Corner, into a hot food takeaway specialising in Indian food.

But councillors rejected his plans, which would have created up to four jobs, due to concerns that there was already enough take-aways in the area, concerns about food smells and fears there would be an increase in anti-social behaviour.

The decision to reject the proposals was taken by councillors sitting on the council’s planning committee.

Planning officers outlined the application.

The shop unit is located on the end of a row of similar commercial units all with flats above at Brus Corner shopping parade, which is made up shops including a newsagent, a bakery, a pharmacy, a florist, a post office, a hairdressing salon and two hot food takeaways.

Ahead of the meeting, there was 12 objections to the plans around noise and smell complaints.

Labour councillor Kevin Cranney, said he was pleased jobs would be created, but added: “It is my usual beef about the number of takeaways.”

He asked officers whether there was any regulations about the number of takeaways in one shopping area but planning officers told Coun Cranney that there were no set guidelines.

Chris Pipe, the council’s planning services manager, did say, however, that talks were ongoing between the planning and public protection departments to look further into the number of takeaways in shopping parades and precincts.

Mr Singh told the committee: “We don’t feel that this would impact on the other businesses and it won’t make a major inconvenience to anybody else.”

Labour councillor Sheila Griffin said: “I think there is already quite sufficient takeaways in that area and I will be objecting.”

A vote was taken and 11 councillors voted against with just two in favour, including Putting Hartlepool First pair Geoff and Alison Lilley.

Christopher Fish, representing Mr Singh, said afterwards: “We are disappointed. This would have created jobs.”

He added they would appeal.