South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) has granted planning permission for a vacant shop in Rodway Road to be converted into a takeaway, dismissing a 40-signature residents’ petition against the application.
The premises, at 106 Rodway Road, most recently housed a computer sales and repair business known as Rodway Computers (formerly AKW Computers) but that outfit moved out in February.
An earlier planning application from the same applicant was withdrawn earlier this year, after he failed to meet a deadline for providing technical information about a proposed new extraction flue.
A petition submitted against the latest application claimed “there is already a wide range of hot food takeaway shops in Patchway and we do not feel a need for further establishments”. Issues of traffic congestion and safety, pollution (noise and litter) and parking issues were also raised in the petition.
Patchway Town Council had objected to the previous application on similar grounds but did not formally object to the second application.
In approving the latest application, officers at SGC pointed out that of the twelve shop units in the Rodway Road ‘local centre’, a majority (six) would remain in ‘shop’ use. The units currently in ‘non-shop’ use comprise two hot food takeaway outlets, one restaurant. one funeral care office and a hairdressers.
The proposed opening hours (11am to 11pm) are similar to those of the other takeaways in the road, which officers considered “acceptable”.
The applicant stated that three full-time and two part-time jobs would be created through the new venture.
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