Plans for a third Indian takeaway

Wiltons - Market street, Pocklington
Wiltons - Market street, Pocklington

INDIAN food could soon be served from another takeaway in Pocklington town centre, and residents are being urged to have their say.

An application has been submitted to transform part of the old Wilton’s tearooms on Market Street into a fast food outlet.

A poster, displayed in the window of the empty building for some time, suggests that the business will be named the Mumbai Lounge.

However, the idea of a new Indian takeaway has already led to a letter of concern written to East Riding planners by the owner of the new Sonali Indian restaurant and takeaway on St Peter’s Square.

Opened in June, Sonali is the second business of its kind in the town centre, with Sheikhs restaurant already established on Railway Street.

Having undertaken a business survey to assess sustainability before opening in Pocklington, they say a third outlet would tip the balance and “undermine the economic position” of the current businesses.

The letter reads: “It would not be good governance to allow another Indian takeaway business to open in the town at this time.

“I appreciate the fact that competition is sometimes good and supports a vibrant and thriving community. However, this is only ‘good news’ up to a saturation level.

“I believe Pocklington has reached that point and the granting of anymore hot food takeaway applications would not be in the long-term interests of maintaining a viable and healthy evening-time economy in the town centre.”

The latest application comes after planning permission was recently granted to transform part of the Top Shop premises on the corner of Kilnwick Road and Percy Road into a fast food outlet. The plans were originally rejected, but were turned over on appeal.

The latest plans for Wilton’s would see the business utilise only half of the existing building with only takeaway orders available and no restaurant facility.

A previous application to convert Wilton’s was withdrawn after the applicant was unable to provide adequate information about noise impact, but he has since completed a noise assessment.

The applicant also dismissed concerns over anti-social behaviour, claiming Indian takeaways do not attract the same kind of teenage attention as burger or kebab outlets.

Residents have until 19 September to submit their thoughts on the plans for Wilton’s tearooms before it goes before East Riding Council’s planning committees.

The plans can be viewed at Pocklington Library by giving the application reference number 11/03633.

Comments and concerns must be put in writing to Stephanie Cook, Development Control Manager, County Hall, Beverley, HU17 9BA.

All correspondence should include the application reference number.