Vermin, odours and litter - not wanted

PUBLISHED: 09:00 17 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:34 25 May 2010

A HOTLY-CONTESTED planning proposal to transform a village shop into an Indian takeaway has been opposed by a parish council.

A HOTLY-CONTESTED planning proposal to transform a village shop into an Indian takeaway has been turned down by a parish council.

At a Winscombe and Sandford meeting on Monday night parishioners unanimously voted against the part-change of an empty ground floor shop to a hot food takeaway.

The site on Greenhill Road in Sandford, is in the heart of a residential area and received several objections on North Somerset Council's planning website.

Wendy Bentley, of Greenhill Road, said that the odours from food mean she will no longer be able leave windows open or sit in her garden.

She also expressed concerns about litter attracting vermin and being disposed of in nearby residents' gardens.

Jennifer Nicholas also of Greenhill Road said: "I am very concerned about the constant smell of cooking emitting from the proposed extraction chimney, which will be placed in such a position as to convey the odours directly over my property and gardens.

"The noise of customer car doors slamming and engines revving will be an immense disturbance, not only to myself, but to many residents in the surrounding neighbourhood."

Another resident who lives near the shop expressed concerns about the safety of her two small children.

She said when the building was open and trading people had wondered into her garden thinking it was something to do with the shop, and that this could pose a risk.

The applicant is Ayesha Begum, of Snowdon Vale in Weston, and she plans to convert 46sq m of the 149sq m vacant shop.

A total of six residents from Sandford spoke at the Monday night meeting to object to the plans, citing traffic, litter, noise and smell as their main concerns.

Parish council chairman Archie Forbes said: "We all agreed with the concerns that the residents raised and believe that a village shop would be best suited to that area and not a takeaway."

The parish council now plans to ask the chairman of the south area committee, Tim Marter, to raise the planning proposal at the next meeting.

The end date for public consultation is February 3.

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