Plans to convert a Rhondda village greengrocers into a chip shop could be blocked next week if planners decide to refuse the application again.
The proposal to convert 57 Tylacelyn Road in Penygraig requires Rhondda Cynon Taf council ‘s planning committee to agree a change of use of the property from a retail store to a hot food takeaway.
The current greengrocers business will close with its owner retiring, and applicant King Leung Chung wants to open a chip shop there.
Five letters of objection were received by the council from nearby businesses and residents – raising concerns about parking and traffic.
They also say there would be too many takeaways and chip shops on the high street.
Too many hot food businesses in the village?
The application was discussed by committee members on November 3 when, against the recommendation of RCT council’s service director for planning, they decided to refuse it, citing the concerns raised in the letters of objection.
The application was therefore deferred and will be discussed again on Thursday, December 1, when a final decision will be made.
In a report before next week’s meeting, the service director still recommends the application for approval.
The report says: “The policy does not set a limit to the number of A3 [hot food takeaway] units permitted in local and neighbourhood centres and it is therefore not considered that the proposal to increase the number… in the retail centre of Penygraig to 7/46 would result in the over-saturation… in the area.
“In addition to this, the proposal would ensure continued occupation of the unit and potentially halt further decline in the centre.
“In terms of highway safety, the application site is located on a section of Tylacelyn Road where traffic regulations are already in place to prevent on-street parking between the hours of 8am and 6pm Monday to Saturday.
Application still recommended for approval
“The establishment would be open between the hours of 5pm and 10.30pm which is predominantly outside of the restricted hours and it is therefore not considered that the proposal would have such a significant impact on highway safety that it would warrant the refusal of the application.”
But the report adds if the committee still wants to refuse planning permission, the decision could be recorded as an “over-saturation” of hot food takeaway businesses “which would detrimental to the retail area,” and that the change of use “will generate a greater intensity of indiscriminate on-street parking… therefore creating hazards to the detriment of highway and pedestrian safety.”
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