Plans to develop a disused Halifax property into a take-away were approved despite concerns the area is becoming a centre for fast food outlets.
Calderdale Council’s planning committee approved plans change the use of the double fronted 223 King Cross Road, King Cross, property from solely retail to retail and take-away use.
The application was brought to the committee at the request of Coun Jenny Lynn (Lab, Park). In the meeting, she said: “I have concerns about the number of take-aways in this area but also sympathy for the applicant who wants to let out the shop.”
Mumtaz Akhtar applied for permission to change the use of the premise.
She told the committee: “The shop has been empty for over a year. The only interest is from take-aways, we have had no retail interest. This is costing me financially as I still have to pay full business rates and insurance costs have gone up 400 per cent because the property is empty. I can’t afford to keep it going.”
Mrs Mumtaz said approval of application would benefit the area in that the shop would be in use rather than stood empty.
Planning committee member and Labour Park ward Coun Ferman Ali said: “There are eight to 1o shops to let in this area, if we don’t approve this application the property could be up for let for another year.”
Calderdale Council’s planning committee members all voted in favour and the application was passed.