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Council rejects Brockfield Park takeaway application

Council rejects Brockfield Park takeaway application

4:44pm 11th November 2010

Liberal Democrat Councillor for Huntington and New Earswick, Councillor Carol Runciman has welcomed the decision to turn down a planning application for a hot food takeaway on Brockfield Park Drive, after local residents objected to the plans.

Officers had recommended that the plans be approved but Councillors on the East Area Planning Committee decided to refuse the application after hearing objections from local residents.

Councillor Runciman attended the Planning Committee meeting today to speak against the proposals on behalf of local residents. Councillor Runciman said she had received a number of letters and emails from local residents concerned about the impact of the proposed takeaway.

She said,

“This part of the ward has been of concern to local ward councillors for many years due to incidents that have taken place there and general anti-social behaviour.”

“Whilst we have had fewer problems in the area in recent years, the shops and Orchard Park have created significant problems in the past. It took considerable efforts by the neighbourhood police team, the Youth Service and local councillors to get on top of the problem.”

“Residents were concerned that if this application was approved the anti-social behaviour would start again.”

Councillor Runciman added that residents had also been concerned that the approval of the takeaway would lead to an increase in litter problems.

She said,

“We already have regular reports of groups of youths in the nearby Orchard Park with incidents of litter and disturbance and the worry is that a food outlet would encourage this type of behaviour rather than deter it.”

“If food is consumed outside the shop; it could significantly increase the amount of litter in the area. The existing bin would not be sufficient.”

Councillor Runciman said she was pleased the application had been turned down. She said, “I am glad the Planning Committee have taken on board the concerns of local residents and refused this application.”

PICTURED: Councillor Carol Runciman

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