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Trader’s proposal was ‘cheeky’ says councillor
TOWN councillors have called a Knutsford restaurateur ‘cheeky’ for asking to change the use of a unit in the town’s newest development.
A planning application submitted by Parma on Regent Street concerned members of Knutsford Town Council’s planning committee when it met on Monday, September 2.
The owners of Parma have applied to change the use for its unit from A1/A3 – which allows a store to trade as a mix of a shop and cafe – to A3 use, which would mean it could be exclusively classed as a restaurant.
Clr Vivien Davies said the matter was ‘very much a retrospective planning application’.
“I well remember when Regent Street was first developed that it was stipulated that businesses would close at 6pm – those were the types of businesses that were put in Regent Street,” she said.
“The hours of opening already cause a problem because they don’t finish when they close, they have to clear up and it just causes problems for people living above it who have to get up to go to work in the morning.”
Clr Simon Hutchence echoed Clr Davies’ concerns.
“They have said they have it for three years and it didn’t cause any problems but the owner is an intelligent solicitor and what he is doing is wrong,” he said.
“I just don’t believe this is right – we should object strongly to this application.”
Clr Stewart Gardiner said he was unsure about some aspects of the application.
“The application is somewhat cheeky seeing as the owner has been in contact with planning officers for some years,” he said.
“The outside seating is next to a highway that is used by a lot of traffic and we should be concerned about that as well.”
Clr Raynes added: “I do believe the owner is making efforts to come to a reasonable compromise over the seating but I won’t say more than that.”
Councillors decided to object to the planning application to change the use on the grounds that it was not what was planned for the street when it was first built.
Members said the unit was originally built for shop use and not for a restaurant.
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