U-turn over shop plan

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A PLANNING inspector has overturned East Riding Council’s decision to refuse part of a shop in Pocklington to be turned into a takeaway.

The application for the Top Shop Convenience Store and Off Licence, in Kilnwick Road, Pocklington, is to divide it into two units with one being used as a takeaway.

The plans were initially backheeled by planning officials at County Hall. But an appeal to the council’s planning inspectorate, made by the applicant Mr Dogan Kavak, has been allowed and planning permission granted by inspector Mr Michael R Moffoot.

Officials felt the takeaway would increase noise and disturbance in the area and interrupt safe and free flow traffic nearby.

However, Mr Moffoot said: “By providing an additional facility, the proposed hot food takeaway would be likely to increase the number of visitors to the site, especially during the evening period, and with it the potential for increased noise and disturbance.

“Local customers would most probably walk to and from the premises, and in doing so would not appreciably disturb residents in the vicinity of the site.

“Although the increased vehicular activity generated by the takeaway would no doubt have some impact on noise levels in the immediate locality, it would not be of a scale that would significantly disturb nearby residents provided that the opening hours of the facility are appropriate to the residential character of the area.”