Domino’s should be allowed to launch two new pizza outlets in Derby despite opposition from residents, council planning experts say.
The pizza chain has applied for permission to convert a taxi office in Alvaston and the former HSBC bank in Mickleover.
Councillors on Derby City Council’s planning control committee will determine both applications on Thursday next week. Planning officers have recommended the plans be approved.
In Alvaston, Domino’s wants to open an outlet at 17 Shardlow Road, in Alvaston District Centre, in a property that is home to taxi business Derby Carz.
Domino’s has applied for permission to convert this taxi rank in Alvaston into a new pizza outlet
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.
Earlier last year, the firm also 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.
The latest application has attracted 17 objections from residents, with most arguing Alvaston already has too many takeaways. Ward councillors Paul Bayliss and Alan Graves have also voiced their opposition.
Pegasus Group, which has submitted the application on behalf of Domino’s, said it had carried out its own research and claimed that out of 69 businesses in the district, only nine were takeaways.
In his report to councillors, Derby City Council’s planning director, David Gartside, recommends approval.
His report says: “I have duly considered the objections made by elected members and third parties and understand their concerns with regards to the concentration of hot food takeaways in the Alvaston District Centre.
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“I appreciate these concerns, however, on balance it is not felt that the acceptance of this change of use would lead to an overconcentration of A5 [hot food takeaway] uses.
“I see no reason to resist the change of use of no. 17 Shardlow Road from a taxi hire business to a hot food takeaway. The proposal is considered to comply with relevant planning policy and, subject to compliance with conditions, is an acceptable form of development.”
In Mickleover, Domino’s wants to convert the now-closed HSBC, on the corner of Uttoxeter Road and Limes Avenue, into another pizza outlet.
Domino’s has applied for permission to convert this former HSBC bank in Mickleover into a new outlet
Seventeen objectors have expressed their disapproval, with one person saying that having the popular takeaway chain in Mickleover “will dramatically bring down the area”.
However, Mr Gartside again recommends approval. His report says: “The centre in question has a diverse range of retail and service units and, whilst it does already accommodate hot food uses, the addition of one more would not undermine the vitality and viability of the centre.
“The use would bring a vacant unit back into use and would be compatible with the scale, character and function of the centre.”
Thursday’s planning meeting will start at 6pm at the Council House in Corporation Street, Derby. Members of the public can attend.
Source: Derby Telegraph