Pizza Hut set to deliver 24 jobs
FAMILIES are fighting plans to turn a former telephone exchange into a fast-food restaurant.
Pizza Hut wants to create 24 full and part-time jobs by opening a delivery outlet at Exchange House, in Liverpool Road, Newcastle.
But residents living nearby fear the move will lead to traffic chaos, create litter and further transform the neighbourhood into a 'capital for takeaways'.
Pauline and Leonard Copeland, of Hughes Avenue have lodged a formal objection with council planners.
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Retired hospital worker Pauline, aged 63, said: "There will be an overspill of parking as customers will leave their vehicles in the cul-de-sac and it is very narrow."
Mother-of-two Pauline added: "It wasn't so bad when the building was used as an office as the car park was adequate but we don't think that will be the case with something like a Pizza Hut opening."
Leonard, aged 66, said: "Money has already been spent putting parking spaces on Wilton Street for the flats and people could just end up parking there. It could lead to chaos."
The road is already home to a KFC and two other fast-food restaurants.
If approved, the Pizza Hut will open between 11am and 2am Sunday to Friday and until 4am on Saturday.
Mother-of-one Stephanie Iszak, aged 30, also of Hughes Avenue, said: "During the summer when I am out in the garden I can smell the food at KFC and now we will have this as well.
"There is already litter in the area and this could create more mess."
Nancy Scally, aged 65, of Hughes Avenue, said: "When there is a delivery it could cause issues on the A34 which is already very busy.
"We are concerned about the impact this will have on the value of our properties."
Husband Mick, aged 64, added: "The council is trying to improve this area with new housing.
"We don't need another takeaway."
A report supporting the application states that between five and 20 per cent of customers will collect food from the shop with the rest using the home delivery service.
A total of 10 car parking spaces are available at the site.
Newcastle Borough Council has now recommended the application, submitted by Kulvinder Kandola from Dudley, is approved.
A council report into the scheme states: "It is not considered that there would be any significant adverse impact on residential amenity."
Members of the planning committee will consider the application during a meeting at the Civic Offices, in Merrial Street, on Tuesday at 7pm.