Wellesbourne restaurant plan gets the green light

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Stratford District Council has received a list of 28 public payphones in the district that could be removed by BT.

Controversial plans for a new 38-cover restaurant in Wellesbourne were approved by Stratford District Council last week.

The restaurant, which will be situated in the former Bargain Booze shop on Warwick Road, had faced considerable local opposition with residents complaining that the business would exacerbate parking problems in the area.

Other objections centred on a large flue which will be added to the side of the building and the noise and odours that would potentially be emitted by the restaurant.

Speaking at the meeting Cllr Anne Parry, ward member for Wellesbourne, said: “This change of use to a restaurant from the existing off-licence premises would become a nuscience, annoyance and cause damage and inconvenience to the homeowner and neighbours in Warwick Road.”

She went on to describe the obstacles the applicant would face in trying to get permission to install the flue before concluding: “Members this application is flawed and I urge you to refuse it.”

Speaking at Wednesday’s meeting of the Eastern Area Planning Committee, Steve Elson, representing the applicant, outlined why the plan should be approved.

He explained that the landlord had experienced difficulties in attracting another retailer to occupy the unit for the past two years, a problem which he said could be attributed to the opening of the nearby Sainsbury’s supermarket.

Mr Elson detailed how an acoustic celling would be installed to shield neighbouring properties from noise, while opening hours would be limited to between 5-11pm.

He added: “This change of use will provide employment for four members of staff and remove a vacant eyesore from the main street into Wellesbourne.”

The planning committee voted three to one in favour of granting the application.