Kingswood take-away refused late night opening


A take-away in the heart of a residential area in Kingswood has been refused permission by South Gloucestershire Council to operate late at night.


Pizza GoGo, operating from Westons Way in Kingswood, had applied to South Gloucestershire Council for permission to stay open to 1am on Sundays to Thursdays and to 2am on Fridays and Saturdays. The take-away currently has permission to open from 11am to 11pm Monday to Sunday. 


However, planning officers at South Gloucestershire Council have turned down the application stating that the extended opening hours would cause significant noise and disturbance to the surrounding residential properties at a time of night when the background noise level is very low. A number of local residents and their councillors had objected on the grounds of potential disturbance.


Commenting on the decision, local councillors for the area Gareth Manson, Andy Perkins and Pat Rooney (Labour, Woodstock) said:


“We are delighted by this decision. When the owner was granted permission in 2012 to open the take-away, the hours of 11am to 11pm were decided upon as they were the same as those approved previously for an adjacent take-away. As the location lies in an area of housing it would be inevitable that anything later than 11pm would result in extra noise well into the night every night for local residents. Having worked hard with local residents, existing traders, the local pub and officers from Street Cleansing and Environmental Protection to tackle issues relating to noise as well as litter and parking issues in the area it would have been wholly unacceptable if permission were granted for such a late night operation.”


As with any planning application that is refused, the applicant can appeal against the decision to the Planning Inspectorate in Bristol in a bid to get the Council’s decision overturned.


The councillors added:


“We think it would be unwise of the applicant to appeal against this decision. The council is on very strong ground here.”


20th June 2014


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