Protesters celebrate as shop plan is thrown out

Residents who launched a protest against an application to open a takeaway in a Peak District village are celebrating after planning permission was refused - despite it being recommended for approval.

The Indian takeaway was proposed for the former Country Choice premises in Grindleford, and would have served food over the counter until 9pm, with deliveries running until 11.30pm.

A previous bid was refused in March by the Planning Inspectorate, on the grounds that it would cause ‘significant harm to the living conditions of nearby residents’.

But the latest application was recommended for approval by planners at the Peak Park Authority, triggering a protest from villagers.

Fifteen residents spoke at a planning committee meeting last Friday, with members later voting unanimously against the proposals.

Campaigner Jo Ellis said: “All the committee voted against the application after listening to 15 villagers’ heartfelt pleas of opposition - they only permit a maximum of 15 speakers which is something the planners rarely witness.”

Points of objection made the committee were the visibility of a five-metre long flue, a lack of safe parking, and the level of congestion in the village.

“Many of the committee that spoke shared the view of the residents, that they wouldn’t want to live next door to a takeaway open until 11.30 every night of every day,” said Jo.

But she added: “Despite this being turned down four times now, the applicant is still entitled to apply for a change of use again.

“Nonetheless, we are all absolutely delighted with the outcome, and the fighting spirit of our community saved the day.”

Residents had wanted a community shop to open on the site.

Plans for Papa John’s pizza takeaway on Ecclesall Road in Sheffield to stay open until 5am have been agreed despite objections.

Conditions include having a colour CCTV system in the store, clearing litter within 25 yards of the shop twice a day, having records open for inspection and also displaying notices reminding customers they were in a residential area.

Residents said there was a ‘gradual erosion’ in the quality of life on Ecclesall Road.