Domino's Pizza given permission for new store in Clevedon
By Local_Andy | Tuesday, March 08, 2011, 22:32
Domino's pizza have won their fight to open a takeaway in Clevedon.
Domino's Pizza delivery bikes outside a store in London - The national chain is now coming to Clevedon - pic by MarkHillary
The national pizza delivery chain were granted permission by the North Somerset Planning Authority, despite 41 letters of objection and opposition from Clevedon Town Council which claimed the arrival of a Domino's would threaten, "the long term viability and diversity of the Clevedon Triangle area".
Clevedon Town Council recommended the application for the store on the corner of Old Church Road and Lower Queen's Road should be refused due to concerns about traffic, anti-social behaviour, parking and the high number of other takeaways in Old Church Road.
The North Somerset planning committee though said an occupied unit providing employment for nine full-time and 25 part-time staff is preferable to a retail unit that has been empty for more than 12 months since Thresher closed.
Clevedon town centre currently has a vacancy rate of 9% with 13 empty commercial properties so planners felt the "activity and employment generated by this proposal" will help to retain its viability.
They noted a "proliferation" of takeaway units in the area with five on Old Church Road alone.
But they said the site is "in a peripheral town centre location, where such takeaway use is considered acceptable".
They also said there is no evidence to suggest the change of use of the unit to a takeaway will result in additional crime or anti-social behaviour from local residents and that it won't affect the historic Clevedon Curzon Cinema nearby.
The new shop will be able to open from 9am to 11pm Monday to Saturday and 10am to 11pm on Sundays and Bank Holidays and the pizza company must provide a plan for five parking spaces for staff to North Somerset Council before it is able to open.
When the application was first submitted Clevedon Chamber of Trade and Commerce president David Hendey said: “On balance it is a benefit that the shop won’t be empty, but whether residents living in the area will be pleased as there will inevitably be more rubbish, is another matter.”
What do you think? New jobs and new life? Or too many takeaways, more rubbish and a threat to independent takeaways?