At the meeting on Tuesday 14th April 2015 after careful debate it was unanimously agreed to object to the planning application for change of use BH2015/00676 on behalf of J.D.Wetherspoon.
They are applying for change of use to one of the large units of the former Coop. They want “Change of use of unit from retail (A1) to public house (A4).” – see Planning Website
The regeneration of London Road has proceeded on the basis of a healthy mix of economic activities including retail, food, arts, alcohol with food and so on. This has been enshrined in the London Road masterplan. When the – also controversial – planning application for the Co-op was finally agreed it specified “retail A1” for this particular space.
The views that were expressed at the meeting and subsequently indicate that people do not want to see London Road tipped towards an alcohol-led economy, where…
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