Planning

REFUSAL For Larkfield Plan That Was Set To Include Domino's Pizza

OFFICIALS have rejected a plan for a hot food takeaway that was set to attract a Domino's Pizza outlet to Larkfield in Greenock.

The unit would have been be part of a proposed development on the site of the former Larkfield Masonic Association hall at Auchmead Road, near Inverkip Road.

Sava Estates already have planning permission for three shops but lodged an application to increase the size of the shops and add a hot food takeaway, which Domino's had shown "firm interest" in.

Inverclyde Council planning officers refused the proposal saying nearby residents would suffer because the takeaway would cause an unacceptable level of noise and activity on a regular basis, particularly late into the evening.

Their report states: "Experience has demonstrated that there would be associated noise from patrons talking, vehicles revving and idling, car doors closing and in-car entertainment systems."

The applicant had claimed that the nature of their proposed client's business is largely home deliveries and not passing trade but the planning department responded: "A planning permission however cannot distinguish between different types of operator and a permission for a hot food takeaway would allow any operator of that nature to occupy the premises."

There were two objections to the plan from the public.

A document submitted to Inverclyde planning department by the applicant had stated: "Sava Estates has been in discussions with a number of retail and commercial operators regarding occupation of the permitted retail units.

"These discussions have led to firm interest from Domino’s Pizza and a number of retailers. However, all the parties have expressed concern with the size of the units. In order to meet their operational requirements, these operators have confirmed they would require larger units than currently permitted.

"As a result, Sava Estates is seeking planning permission for a revised scheme on the site which meets the operator requirements. The number of proposed units has increased from three to four. It is proposed to increase the size of each unit from 74 square metres to 93 square metres.

"On the basis of operator interest, and reflecting market trends more generally, it is proposed that one of the units is occupied by Domino’s Pizza."

Potential operators for the shops have not been named although it is expected that one will be operated by a convenience goods retailer.

A retail assessment submitted to the council stated: "The current application would result in a development which is commercially viable to commercial operators and provide increased choice and provision to local residents in an accessible location."

The disused hall burned down in August 2016. Greenock firefighter Andy Adams was badly injured in the blaze, which was started deliberately. Prior to the fire, an application to use the building as a restaurant had been refused.

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