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.
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.