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Objectors claim victory over planned takeaway in Colne
NEIGHBOURS have won their battle over the proposed siting of a hot-food takeaway beside a busy main road in Colne.
But residents have been warned that they still face another conflict with Pendle development management committee after local councillors turned down proposals by Arshid Mehmood for premises on North Valley Road.
Objectors claimed it would lead to highway issues, but a 65-name petition was also received by Colne Area Committee in support of the bid.
Mr Mehmood said there was never usually a parking problem along the parade and ‘70 to 80 per cent’ of his trade would arrive on foot.
He also accused the owners of a fish and chip shop, four doors down, of being ‘afraid of the competition’.
Paul Whitemore, who runs the chippy, denied he was ‘running scared’.
He said: “My main objection is not at all to do with competition. I would not object to that because I don’t think it would be any competition.
“If people want fish and chips, then they will go to a fish and chip shop; if they want Indian food, then they will go to an Indian takeaway.
“I was led to understand that no more than 50 per cent of a parade could be taken up by takeaways.”
Another resident said 42 people living nearby had objected because of the potential parking problems which could be generated in Higgins Street and Lancaster Street.
Recommending refusal, Coun David Clegg said: “If the county council think there is not a parking problem there, then they are nuts.”
The area committee’s decision, as it went against the officer’s recommendation, will now go forward to the borough’s development control committee for a final assessment.
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