A plan to create another hair and beauty salon in Chellaston appears to have divided opinion among residents – and its ward councillors.
The proposals, which have been submitted to Derby City Council, involve changing the use of the first floor of 22 High Street, which is currently used as a flat.
The applicants, Lindsay Greene and Penny Gaskin, want to turn it into a hair and beauty salon. The flat is above a vacant ground floor retail unit formerly occupied by Keith Tomlin Bookmakers.
In a joint statement, they said: “Although there is a ground floor retail space to let at this address, the cost of this it too much to consider.
“We feel that this property suits the district centre needs and the location is appropriate. There is also ample parking around the area.
“We would also like to point out that, although we appreciate there might be some people who can’t access the proposed site because of the stairs, we are intending on putting a grab rail either side of the stairs and are willing to go out and do home visits if needed.”
Some Chellaston residents claim there are already enough salons in the area
If given the go-ahead, the business would trade from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Wednesday, and 8am to 8pm on Thursday and Friday. On Saturdays, it would open from 8am to 5pm.
While the city council says it has no highways objections to the proposal, some residents have registered objections, claiming that it would cause increased traffic and parking problems.
Others have said that Chellaston does not need another hair and beauty salon as there are already a number in the district centre.
Chellaston Neighbourhood Planning Forum says: “The CNPF considers that the Chellaston District Centre is already well served by hairdressers as there are two others within yards of the proposed location.
Concerns about extra traffic and shortage of parking in High Street have also been raised
“The applicant is not showing any provision for parking at the site and this is already very limited in the public car park while other parking is on private land. Also, High Street is not suitable for any more on-street parking.”
Two out of three councillors for Chellaston ward, all Conservatives, have also submitted statements objecting to the proposals. Phil Ingall and Alan Grimadell believe the plans would result in parking problems in High Street.
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But, in his response to the plans, fellow ward councillor Sean Marshall writes: “On this occasion I disagree with my colleagues.
“We should be supporting and encouraging new businesses to the area. The parking issue will be no different from when the bookmaker was there.
“It is always better to have premises occupied than lying empty. I fully support this application and will, if necessary, speak in favour of this application at committee.”
Source: Derby Telegraph