Pizza chain Domino’s could find out next month whether its plans to open a second outlet in Alvaston will get the go-ahead.
The business has been trying for some time to get permission for another outlet in the district and has had two previous attempts turned down by Derby City Council because it was felt there were already too many takeaways in the area.
In September, the business lodged a third attempt. It wants to open its latest outlet at 17 Shardlow Road, in Alvaston District Centre, in a property that is home to taxi business Derby Carz.
It is the second time Domino’s has tried to change the use of the property. In 2015, it applied to create a takeaway there.
But despite planning officers recommending the scheme for approval, permission was refused because the council’s planning control committee decided there were already too many hot food outlets.
Domino’s already has an outlet in Alvaston in Keldholme Lane
And earlier this year, the firm failed to gain permission on a property on the opposite side of the road – 4 Shardlow Road, previously the Mr Scoop hardware store.
Again, the reason for refusal was the already high proliferation of takeaways in the area.
It is understood that the city council’s planning control committee will consider Domino’s latest planning application for 17 Shardlow Road when it meets on January 11.
Since the planning application was lodged, 17 objections have been lodged. Among those objecting to the plans are ward councillors Paul Bayliss and Alan Graves.
Mr Graves said: “I am disappointed that Dominos cannot accept that increased numbers of takeaways are not good for the Alvaston District Centre.
“They should have withdrawn this application, purchased an existing takeaway and converted that property into their choice of food outlet.
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“As the local councillor I am constantly contacted by resident pleading that the council does not allow more buildings to be converted into takeaways.
“On behalf on my constituents I will be speaking at the committee asking for common sense to prevail. I hope as many local residents can join me at the meeting.”
But Pegasus Group, which has submitted the application on behalf of Dominos, said it had carried out its own research and claimed that out of 69 businesses in the district, only nine were takeaways.
Source: Derby Telegraph