Concerns over plans to turn bank into pizza takeaway

CONCERNS: Coun David Howarth
CONCERNS: Coun David Howarth
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Penwortham Town Council has submitted an objection to a pizza takeaway opening up in a former bank.

Plans to change the use of 73 Liverpool Road, Penwortham to a takeaway have been submitted by Papa Johns Ltd.

The Town Council object to the proposal as it does not conform to Policy 11(e) of the Central Lancashire Core Strategy.

Members are of the opinion that “hot food takeaways within the district centre have reached a point to sufficiently meet the needs of the residents of Penwortham, and further hot food takeaways would cause an imbalance in the mixed use of the centre”.

They also note: “This planning application would not assist in maintaining the existing retail function of the district centre”.

Ward Coun David Howarth said local residents are concerned about plans, and an objection has been submitted by a resident of nearby Queensway, raising fears about noise nuisance and it being a manufacturing business rather than retail, as most business would be conducted online.

The change of use will be decided by members of South Ribble Council’s planning committee on July 9, and is recommended for approval, though Lancashire County Council Highways Department have raised concerns about increased vehicular traffic.

The application proposes five full time and 20 part time staff working a shift pattern.