Fears over plans for pizza shop

The site of the proposed new Domino's takeaway on Southgate in Market Weighton.
The site of the proposed new Domino's takeaway on Southgate in Market Weighton.

Takeaway owners in Market Weighton are worried about the impact that a new Domino’s pizza takeaway will have on small food outlets in the town.

East Riding Council’s western area planning sub-committee has given the green light for the chain to convert two retail units on Southgate into a Domino’s takeaway.

However, takeaway owners and Market Weighton Town Council do not believe the town needs a new Domino’s takeaway.

A petition against the proposals, which contained 14 signatures, was submitted to East Riding Council.

Ali Khanshir, owner of The Italian Job takeaway, on High Street, sent a letter of objection to the local authority and was among those who signed the petition. He said: “Domino’s are a big company and make enough money every week or every year. I have got a small business and a few staff and if this happens my income is going to go down. It is going to affect and damage my business.

According to Mohammed Ahmed, owner of The Bengal Brasserie, on High Street, Market Weighton does not need another food outlet

He said: “We have got too many food outlets in the town already.”

Carole Scholes, manager of Harpers fish and chips shop, on Southgate, is also against the plans.

She said: “I just think we have got some long established pizza takeaways in Market Weighton. They are bringing in a great big chain to compete against local traders. I am worried about the impact it will have on the independent businesses.”

Market Weighton Town Council recommended that East Riding Council refuse the plans on the grounds that it would seriously effect other takeaway businesses in the town.

Mayor of Market Weighton, councillor Peter Hemmerman, said: “All the proprietors of the existing takeaways objected so we had to take their opinions into account.

“A national chain like that can undercut independent businesses until they go out of business.”

Two applications were submitted for the plans, one seeked full planning permission, the other variation of condition(s), and both were approved.

In his report to the western area planning sub-committee, East Riding Council’s director of planning and economic regeneration, Alan Menzies said: “Subject to appropriate conditions it is considered that in terms of its nature, location, scale, design, access, and servicing requirements the proposed change of use of units four and five to an A5 hot foot takeaway use with associated alterations is considered to be an appropriate form of sustainable economic development within its location close to the town centre...”

Within Mr Menzies’ report, the applicant - D P Realty - stated that: “The hot food takeaway will not have an adverse impact on residential amenity, the character and appearance of the surrounding area, or the local highway network.

“The proposed change of use will make positive use of a vacant ground floor unit and will add to the vitality and viability of Market Weighton by offering a number of employment opportunities to local residents and maintaining a decent level of footfall.”

Mr Menzies recommended that the applications be approved subject to a number of conditions.

The western area planning sub-committee granted full planning permission subject to the conditions set out in the report by Mr Menzies, but with an amendment to condition seven - the operating hours of the extraction system.

The Post approached Domino’s, but it had not commented by the time we went to print.