Changes to the planning regulations to make ‘change of use’ applications easier, came into force in from 30th May 2013.Since this date buildings, mainly shops, can trade with A3 or A5 with permitted change for a period of up to 2 years, during which time they would be expected to make a formal application.
Whilst the Government’s initiative to reduce ‘red tape’ and speed up the opening of new businesses is welcome, an unintended consequence of this has been the unwelcome explosion of takeaways, cafe bars and restaurants in certain areas including Kingston Road, Willerby.
Of the 14 shop premises on the Willerby side of the Gorton Road/Parkway roundabout on Kingston Road, 7 are already food and alcohol outlets. The area used to have, not so very far back, a Post Office, Bakers, Chemist and Greengrocers, but now these have all gone. There is also a Bookmakers in the same parade and on the opposite side of the road beyond the roundabout, a further 3 takeaways, a Pub and a Garage open 18 hours a day!
What was once a quiet residential area is now the destination of choice for our neighbours in Hull and the wider County. Now it has become intolerable an urgent action is required.
I opposed the latest alcohol licensing application in December 2013 but was unsuccessful because each application has to be considered on its own individual merit. No account can be taken of the cumulative impact of the number of these outlets in an area because the East Riding of Yorkshire Council does not have a policy currently.
With local residents, particularly Trevor Grewar, we have looked at persuading the Council to bring in such a policy to avoid the further expansion of these outlets in the future. This problem is particularly an issue for the Haltemprice Communities because of our proximity to Hull and its large population.
I have therefore brought the Portfolio Lead, Councillor Jackie Cracknell to see for herself the situation in the area. I am also proposing to put forward a motion to the Council at the next meeting on April 2nd, which will aim to bring about the implementation of such a policy in the next few weeks.
Interestingly my Conservative colleague in Hull, Councillor John Fareham is proposing to bring in Community Impact Zones (CIZs) in the Newland Avenue/ Princes Avenue Area too. We will co-ordinate ideas on this matter.