Green light for plans to turn Hartlepool shop into takeaway

Hartlepool Civic Centre.
Hartlepool Civic Centre.

PROPOSALS to change a retail shop into a hot food takeaway have been given the green light by councillors – despite concerns about potential litter problems.

Hartlepool Borough Council’s planning committee agreed plans for Unit B, 98B Park Road, in the centre of Hartlepool.

That was despite concerns from some of the members about an increase in rubbish in nearby residential streets and worries about the overall number of takeaways in town.

One of the conditions is that the takeaway must close at midnight, but that was still too late for one councillor who was concerned about the impact on nearby residents.

A planning report said the application site is a “relatively modern building” recently divided into two separate units and the unit that formed the application is a retail site.

The applicant was John Floyd, of Egerton Road, Hartlepool, and a planning report said: “The applicant has submitted the application to improve the marketability of the property.”

His plans were agreed despite worries from some of the councillors.

Labour councillor Marjorie James said there were concerns about the litter in the area while Labour councillor Allan Barclay added: “My main concern is about the litter, especially in Windsor Street.”

Meanwhile, UKIP councillor George Springer said: “There seems to me to be a creeping spree of takeaways – have we not got enough, why do we need more?

“It will provide some jobs and choice but I am worried about the creeping number.”

Putting Hartlepool First councillor Geoff Lilley added: “I just think the hours are too late. I feel uncomfortable with it. I don’t think we are doing right by the people in Windsor Street and Richard Court.”

Despite the concerns, the plans were approved by five votes to one, with two abstentions.