Victory for residents in takeaway opening hours saga

Martin Farmer outside the takeaway

Martin Farmer outside the takeaway

Plans for a kebab shop to stay open later at night have finally been rejected by the planning inspector.

First Choice Takeaway in Heath Rise, Cadbury Heath had applied for permission on two occasions to extend its opening hours to midnight during the week and 1am at weekends. South Gloucestershire Council planners refused the application both times and the owners decided to appeal the  decision last October.

In rejecting the appeal the Planning Inspector decided cooking smells, noise and increased traffic would “harm the living conditions of nearby residents.” This reaffirmed the views of local residents who had objected to the two previous planning applications.

Local parish councillor Martin Farmer was one of those who helped coordinate the residents’ objections and he was understandably delighted by the announcement.  He said; ” I am really pleased that he (the Planning Inspector) has taken notice. But the hard work and tenacity of local residents in fighting the kebab khop’s unreasonable request cannot be underestimated.

“If First Choice Takeaway is finding it hard to survive its because it is located in the wrong place.”

The site in Heath Rise was originally a launderette but after it closed two years ago, planning permission was granted for change of use to a food takeaway.