Plans to create a speciality chip shop in Derby city centre have been turned down because of concerns over the smell it might create.
Last month, Nottingham-based Jade Catering submitted proposals to Derby City Council to convert the former Baguette Station shop, on the corner of St Peter’s Street and St Peter’s Churchyard.
Jade Catering already has a number of French-style cafe-bakeries across the country run under franchise called LP4 (Le Petit Four Francais) – but the planning documents revealed that the new Derby outlet would have been a speciality chip shop called Cheeky Chips.
This artist’s impression shows that the speciality chip shop would have been called Cheeky Chips
The building has a floor space of more than 50 sq metres – and the plans involved changing the use of the ground floor and basement.
But the city council has now decided to refuse planning permission as it believes the proposed change of use would be “detrimental” to the character and environmental quality of the area.
City council planners said: “It has also not been satisfactorily demonstrated that the proposed use would not cause odour nuisance, which would be detrimental to the surrounding area and adjoining businesses.”
The authority was also concerned about proposals for the frontage of the chip shop.
The plans involved creating a ‘speciality chip shop’ at the former Baguette Station in St Peter’s Street
It said: “In the opinion of the local planning authority the proposed shop front cladding and signage would be, by virtue of its style and materials of construction, harmful to the character and appearance of this prominent part of the Conservation Area and harmful to the setting of adjoining listed buildings.”
The Baguette Station had been in the building since 2012 until the business shut in July.
Before then, the property had been home to Lush, a handmade cosmetics retailer. That business vacated the premises when it moved into the Intu Derby shopping centre.
If the plans had been approved, the chippy would have created three new full time jobs and four part-time roles.
According to the planning application the Baguette Station closed in July
Ahead of the council making its decision to turn down the application, it received a letter of objection from a neighbouring property – Mark Scott Hair Salon, which occupies space above the proposed chippy.
In that letter, the firm said: “Due to the nature of the building we have come to realise that unfortunately the odours of the last businesses travel upwards into our building.
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“When it was Lush Cosmetics it was a pleasant and bearable odour that did not compromise us as hairdressers.
“However, the new proposal is for a chip shop. This gives cause for concern as chips will be cooked all day – leaving the salon smelling of frying chips.
“We know there are many empty retail units around us and would love to see them filled with varying trades but we are incredibly anxious as to the impact constant food odours would have on our business.”
Source: Derby Telegraph