September 27, 2021

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Appeal launched over ‘ill-informed’ Wrexham takeaway plans refusal

AN appeal has been launched after a decision to refuse plans to turn an empty shop in Wrexham into a takeaway was slammed as “ill-informed”.
In April, councillors rejected an application to convert the former Auto Parts store in Rhosddu amid concerns over the impact on parking and traffic.
Fears were also raised that children at Rhosddu Primary School, which is a 300 metre walk away from the property on Holyrood Crescent, could order in fast food using online apps.
Members of Wrexham Council’s planning committee said it went against the local authority’s guidance that takeaways should not be located within 400 metres of a school.
However, Ian Bolshaw, who is behind the proposals, has now lodged an appeal with the Planning Inspectorate in an attempt to have the decision overturned.
In an appeal statement, a consultant acting on his behalf took aim at politicians for denying permission for the scheme.
Justin Paul said: “The debate at committee was largely ill-informed and strayed into issues such as primary school pupils using mobile phones, ordering food and being handed food through the fence.
“The fact is that no evidence of any existing highway capacity, safety or congestion was presented by members because it simply does not exist.
“There is no way that the proposal would increase traffic in the area.
“Indeed, as one or two better-informed members pointed out during the debate, locating a takeaway here would result in less trips being made outside of the area to other takeaways.”
Planning officers had recommended the proposals for approval despite the council’s guidelines.
They argued that although the fast food joint would be open at lunchtime, primary-age children were unable to leave the school grounds.
Community leaders turned down permission