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Takeaway plan thrown out as high street already maxed out


Plans to turn an empty clothes shop into a takeaway have been rejected.

The scheme, which would have seen a former Burtons menswear store converted into a take out, was thrown out because Acocks Green has already reached a fast-food limit.

More than 20 objections were lodged by Acocks Green residents and the local ward councillor after a notice about the planning application was placed in the former clothes shop’s window.

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Among the concerns raised was that the village centre had already seen a rapid rise in the number of fast food joints opening in recent years.

A bid to change the use of the unit on the corner of Shirley Road into a restaurant and takeaway was refused by planning officers on the grounds that the main high street would then “exceed the maximum allowance of ten percent for hot food takeaways”.

Birmingham City Council planning director Ian MacLeod said approving the eatery would lead to an “over-concentration of hot food takeaways that would adversely affect the viability of the local centre”.

Speaking after the decision, Councillor Roger Harmer (Lib Dem), who lodged his own objections to the plans, said the village had arguably already surpassed the 10 per cent takeaway limit due to ongoing investigations into at least one local food business operating as a takeaway without permission.

He said: “Acocks Green village as a whole is very close to reaching that 10 per cent, or arguably already has because a number of premises are under planning enforcement for acting as takeaways without permission.

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“An interesting one is the old Greggs. Greggs moved and it reopened as a kebab shop but apparently Greggs doesn’t count as a takeaway, it’s classed as a bakery.

“Other takeaway applications in other units have already been turned down and other businesses have gone into that unit, so hopefully we do see a different business going into the Burton site.

“I’m sure a lot of people would want to see another clothes shop opening to give Acocks Green a greater variety of retail offering.”

Birmingham City Council confirmed an investigation is ongoing into an allegation of change of use at the old Greggs site at 1144 Warwick Road.

A spokesperson said “Officers received a complaint from a member of the public, regarding an alleged change of use of 1144 Warwick Road to hot food takeaway. This investigation is ongoing so we are unable to comment further.”

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