No to Pizza Hut Delivery... for now

Planning Committee narrowly voted to refuse the application for another hot food takeaway on The Broadway in Broadstone after both Vikki and Mike spoke about the impact on other businesses and how this did not comply with policies under the Broadstone Neighbourhood Plan.

At least 50 objections had been submitted from local residents concerned about the impact on parking, noise and waste but it was the conflict with the High Street Strategy and potential loss of a retail unit so quickly after the closure of Winifred’s Gift Shop that seems to have persuaded some Councillors.

Not all Councillors agreed, with one Conservative saying that ‘anything was better than an empty unit’ despite protestations from Vikki that the only reason the shop was empty was that the landlord would not give the previous tenant a longer lease.

Mike referenced the policies that support independent businesses and clarified that south of Macaulay Road and York Road the area is designated for retail use and that takeaways did nothing to support the daytime economy.

Whilst we are hopeful that the applicant will decide to find an inexpensive unit on an industrial estate which can serve the wider area, there is a good chance that they will appeal the decision with a Planning Inspector making a final decision.

We hope that another tenant might come forward in the meantime and that the landlord will have listened to the views of Broadstone, so if you know anyone interested in a large retail unit, please get in touch with the agents.

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