I’ve noticed this week that another two planning applications for change to so-called A3 use have been made for George Street in the City Centre. Some will oppose more bars/restaurants completely but I feel that the balanced view across my constituents is that restaurants/cafés are better than emtpy units so long as they do not contribute to late night drunkeness and/or noise and safety nuisance. As these things can be controlled by licensing policy I think there is no reason to oppose the planning applications outright.
One thing that is a worry is that this sort of use generates a lot of waste and lots of that is food waste. This can be a real problem if it is left out on the street for hours or even days as it often is. Large bins look awful and obstruct the street and food waste can attract vermin and smell bad in warmer weather.
The two planning applications are:
14/01050/FUL for 6-12 George Street:
Change of use of ground floor and basement from Shop (Use Class A1) to Restaurants and Cafés (Use Class A3)
14/01091/FUL for 25-27 George Street
Change of use of ground floor from Use Class A2 (Financial and Professional Services) to Use Class A3 (Restaurants and cafés).
You can click either to see the detail. I have made identical comments on both:
|Commenter Type:||Ward Councillor|
|Stance:||Customer made comments neither objecting to or supporting the Planning Application|
|Reasons for comment:||– Effect on pollution
– Information missing from plans
– Other – give details
|Comments:||In principle it is good to see units being put into use on George Street and I have no objection to Cafés/Restaurants. If permission is granted, I request that a rigorous and enforceable condition is included requiring the operators of the A3 use to store waste/bins on the premises at all times except immediately before and after waste collection. I request that the condition is precise as possible (as required by Government guidance on conditions) so that it is enforceable and effective.|
Do feel free to do the same yourself or comment differently if you prefer. Neither deadline has passed as I write this.