Hundreds lose Longton takeaway fight
MORE than 350 shoppers and traders have lost their battle to block the opening of a town centre takeaway.
They objected to the planning application for an empty unit in Longton after complaining the town has too many takeaways.
Concerns over parking problems were also raised.
But council planners have approved the application without it going before the planning committee.
Now owner Mohammed Hussain has secured permission to convert the Market Street unit into the takeaway which can open from 10am to 2am.
Residents today hit out at the council's decision.
Robert Edwards, aged 38, of Albert Avenue, Longton, said: "There are far too many takeaways in Longton.
"They are on nearly every street and I really don't think there is a need for another.
"Longton used to be busy at one time but with a lot of the factories and businesses closing it is not the way it used to be. We are becoming overrun with takeaways."
There are currently 13 takeaways across The Strand, Market Street and King Street.
Stuart Thorpe, aged 51, of Longton, said: "People want more shops in Longton rather than takeaways. And there is a detrimental effect on the wider community if all we get is the same type of businesses."
The job centre worker added: "We are glad this application is turning a derelict building into a working site again because it is better than an empty shop. But I don't think opening a takeaway will be helpful."
Lisa Sharman, aged 23, of Anchor Road, Longton said: "There are too many fast food restaurants and in a time when obesity is a major problem, I don't think the council is giving out the right signals.
"There is nowhere to go for a healthy lunch around here and this isn't going to change with more takeaways springing up.
"We could really do with more shops in Longton or a nice cafe for workers to use during the day."
A total of 362 people signed a petition against the takeaway application.
Asked why the application did not go before the planning committee, Councillor Ruth Rosenau, pictured left, cabinet member for regeneration, planning and transportation, said: "The change of use application was approved after careful consideration of relevant planning policies. We also took account of various representations made in relation to the proposal.
"The view was that the proposed use was acceptable in the location, and wouldn't adversely impact upon road safety."