Plans to turn a building in Little Eaton into a 126-seater restaurant have been turned down.
Erewash Borough Council has refused permission for the change of use of Derwent House, in Duffield Road, Little Eaton, to turn it into an eatery.
The building was formerly home to Spondon Trophies, which has since moved to new premises in Midland Road, Derby.
As well as the change of use of the building, the proposals also involved building a two-storey extension to provide first-floor dining space and a ground-floor bar and reception area, adding 49 sq metres to the existing 380 sq metres of floor space.
The restaurant would have been created at the former home of Spondon Trophies in Little Eaton
A 30-space car park was also part of the plans. If it had been given the go-ahead, the restaurant would have created 10 full-time jobs and five part-time positions.
It was not stated what type of restaurant the venture would have been if it had been given the green light.
The plans would have created up to 15 new jobs
According to the borough council, it received 19 objections to the plans from local residents. Reasons for objecting to the restaurant plan included increased traffic, parking and noise.
Objectors also questioned the suitability of the location for a restaurant, close to a residential area – and its proximity to the The New Inn pub.
In response, planning documents submitted by IMcH Planning and Development Consultancy, on behalf of the applicant, say: “It is acknowledged that there have been a number of representations submitted from local residents.
“It is a matter for the council as to how much weight these are given.
The restaurant would have been close to the New Inn, also in Duffield Road
“However, the removal of the outdoor area addresses some of these concerns and for the reasons given in the planning statement, it is not considered that the proposal will be unacceptably harmful to the occupants of nearby properties.
“The close proximity of the existing public house/restaurant (New Inn) is also noted and therefore late-night activity and comings and goings is already evident in the locality.”
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But, in the end, the council decided to refuse permission, saying: “The proposed development, if approved, would result in a town centre use being established in an out-of-centre location, which is not supported by a robust sequential assessment of alternative sites or premises that would be more compliant with approved planning policies.
“The council has acted positively and proactively in sharing with the applicant the concerns, including those made known in representations received, and allowing the applicant to amend the proposals.
“However, those amendments are not considered to be sufficient to override the residual concern and the identified conflict with the sequential approach to town centre uses embraced within planning policies.”
Source: Derby Telegraph