Walsh: conversion of Brands Hill family home to takeaway “simply not appropriate”

Colnbrook ward councillor James Walsh has written a strongly worded letter to the Planning department objecting to the proposal to convert a family home in Brands Hill into a takeaway.

News of the application to turn 590 London Road – formerly a family home and now a hairdressers – into a fast-food outlet and top-floor flat (P/14751/003) was revealed in Colnbrook Views last week.

Cllr Walsh has cited lack of car parking – which would force customers to park in a dangerous manner on the roadside – and oversupply of such outlets. The adjacent Gibtel fast food van was controversially approved last year and a further outlet is planned for the former Red Lion public house.

He says,

“The presence of a fast-food shop will be a nuisance to neighbours whose homes are already blighted by traffic just yards from their front doors. There will inevitably be issues with rubbish, noise and odours which are simply not appropriate in this part of the village.”

Cllr Walsh, who is the Slough Borough Council Cabinet member charged with improving health across the borough, says he wants a better balance to the “high-fat fast-food” shops in the borough and, increasingly, in Colnbrook.

In a swipe at recent Government policy, Walsh also warns against setting a precedent for allowing the conversion of much-needed family homes:

“Despite the benefit cap and ‘bedroom tax’ driving people into smaller properties, there remains a need for family homes in Slough and we should not endorse a change of use from what is still essentially a family home into a fast-food shop – for practical reasons and to avoid setting a precedent in Colnbrook.”

The application, registered on 5th March, is for a change of use from Mixed Class C3 Residential to Mixed Use Class A5 Hot Food Takeaway on the ground floor and Class C3 One bedroom flat on the first floor.

To confirm the end of the consultation period please call Planning Admin on 01753 477 340.

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