Chip shop near school would be too tempting, say councillors

Executive head - Anthony Smith
Executive head - Anthony Smith

COUNCILLORS have refused to allow a fish and chip shop to be built only 100 yards from a high school.

They said the smell would be too much of a temptation for the 600 pupils who would pass the premises at the Sun Inn near near Hipperholme and Lightcliffe High.

Councillor Martin Peel (Con, Sowerby Bridge) said approving the application would send out the wrong message about what the council is trying to do to promote healthy eating.

Calderderdale Council Planning Committee members said they also wanted to support executive headteacher Anthony Smith, pictured.

He told the committee the development would have minimal impact of the health of his students during school hours because they don’t leave site at lunchtime.

“But at 3pm, a significant number of vehicles enter and exit Stoney Lane including 10 buses and cars used by around 150 students and staff.

“The use of the Sun Inn as a drop off point rather than a sit down eatery will add significantly to traffic congestion and seriously raise the probability of an accident - around 600 walk past the pub,” he said.

Councillor Colin Raistrick (Ind, Hipp/Light) was also concerned about children being tempted to buy fish and chips when leaving school. “Calderdale has below average obesity levels for 10 and 11-year-olds but that is still one in three. It is not a target or something we need to aim for but passing this application would be a disgrace. It is a health time bomb,” he said.

On behalf of the applicant, Lee Roberts said there was no evidence to suggest the shop would increase child obesity as opening times would be restricted from 9am until 11pm Monday to Saturday to prevent children from visiting before school starts at 8.40am.

The application to construct a single storey extension to the side of the listed building was granted with a condition that it is not used as a take away.