PLANNING chiefs at Warrington have thrown out a take-away shop’s bid for longer late-night opening.
Members of the borough council’s development management committee refused to grant permission for Chickenville, The Cross, Lymm to stay open until half-passed midnight on weekdays and 11pm on Sundays and bank holidays.
Officers had recommended the application be approved, but councillors decided later opening hours would damage the residential amenity of nearby properties.
Four nearby residents had objected on the grounds of additional noise and disturbance resulting from the use of the building and from users entering and leaving the building.
One of the objectors said: “Given the current opening hours of the surrounding restaurants, takeaways, pubs and Sainsburys, I do not see a reason for this establishment to be granted permission to remain open beyond its current hours. We previously had to deal with anti-social behaviour, litter, noise etc prior to this establishment opening.
“Things have only gotten worse since its’ opening, with crowds congregating even during daylight hours (which is particularly concerning given that we’re mid-pandemic).
“To stretch this on to midnight at the earliest every night is just not acceptable. I also take exception to the fact that the planning authority considers this situation to be ‘unfortunate’ – it simply shouldn’t be allowed, and it is their job to fully consider the facts. I understand that we need to give the business the opportunity to thrive, but this shouldn’t be done at the expense of local residents’ well-being”