Chippy plans battered by planning appeal

A SHOPKEEPER S hopes of selling fish and chips from his corner store have been battered by a planning inspector who refused his appeal. The inspector agreed with more than 70 objectors to Jay Patel s plans to build a chip shop at Quaker Stores, at the jun

A SHOPKEEPER'S hopes of selling fish and chips from his corner store have been battered by a planning inspector who refused his appeal.

The inspector agreed with more than 70 objectors to Jay Patel's plans to build a chip shop at Quaker Stores, at the junction of Money Bank and Quaker Lane, Wisbech, citing noise, smell and highway safety as the reasons behind his refusal.

Planning inspector Martin Champion said: "These effects would significantly harm the living conditions of neighbouring residents."

He highlighted litter as a potential problem, and said noise from vehicles stopping, starting and turning around outside the shop would create a detrimental effect on nearby residents.


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And he added: "Conditions could not control the discarding of litter outside the shop and nearby residents would be adversely affected.

"Neither would conditions control noise and disturbance from people congregating outside the shop, except by way of limiting the opening hours."

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Mr Champion also said existing provisions for five off-street car park spaces would not be adequate and any traffic increase would "place increased stress on the available on-street parking to the detriment of highway safety".

Mr Patel's application, for a ground floor extension to house a fish and chip shop, was refused by Fenland District Council's planning committee in July after solicitor Graham Dack led a residents' revolt against the plans.

Mr Dack, who lives near Quaker Stores, had claimed that a petition backing the proposal was signed by people who live in Friday Bridge, Walsoken, Walton Highway and the other side of the town, as well as children.

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