Takeaway bid to open until 3am is rejected

AN APPLICATION for a hot food takeaway in Broomhill to stay open into the early hours has been rejected by a Government planning inspector after council and community opposition.

Occupants of a flat above Oasis Pizza in Whitham Road would suffer too much disturbance if it was allowed to stay open until 3am instead of midnight, the inspector ruled after an appeal against the council’s verdict.

There would be the noise of customers and taxis coming and going, “high-spirited behaviour” and the smell of cooking.

At the same time, he noted the number of other takeaways in the area, some with late opening, and acknowledged that, by choosing to live in the area, occupiers of the flat must expect some late-night disturbance.

In addition, the inspector did not agree with the council or residents that the application would have a “materially harmful” effect on living conditions in the wider residential area.

An application for costs against the council on the grounds of unreasonable behaviour was dismissed.

The authority had “adequately demonstrated” how it considered there would be harm to residents, the inspector ruled.