Takeaway loses bid to open later

A TAKEAWAY has lost its latest attempt to extend its opening hours despite being backed by hundreds of customers.

Cramlington’s Double Taste takeaway, in Kielder Avenue, was said by a planning inspector to be in “an unexpectedly quiet spot” where customers would “impinge on the peace and privacy” of neighbours.

However, half the members of Northumberland County Council’s south east area planning committee disagreed with that view at their meeting last week and voted in favour of allowing the takeaway to open until 11pm.

The takeaway’s bid to extend its hours was backed by a 330-name petition, the meeting heard.

A vote on the application was tied at five-five, but chairman Dave Ledger, of Choppington, used his casting vote in line with the recommendation to refuse made by the authority’s planning officers.

Barrie Crowther, of Cramlington Eastfield, said it was unusual to receive such a large petition supporting later opening for a takeaway, and he noted that the 14 objections registered at the time of the inspector’s ruling had since dwindled to two.

In 2001, the takeaway was opened as part of a subdivided general dealer’s store and permitted to trade until 9.30pm.

In 2008, it was refused permission to stay open until 11pm, and the next year, a request for 10pm closing was lost on appeal.

Planning officer Philip McCarthy told the meeting, held at Choppington Social Welfare Centre, that the proposal would “result in additional disturbance at a time of day when local residents may reasonably expect a greater degree of peace and quiet”.