Cheltenham takeaway to open longer despite residents' fears
AN Indian takeaway has been given permission to open until midnight on Sundays despite fears from residents over noise and disruption.
Spice Fusion in Suffolk Parade, Cheltenham, will now be able to open on Sundays between noon and 2pm and then 5.30pm until 12.00.
Its previous licence did not allow Sunday opening.
In the request for permission, the restaurant’s owners pointed out that the India Lounge, situated 100 meters away, is able to open at those times, as are the nearby Ruby Chinese and Cheltenham Balti.
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However, the application attracted objections from neighbours.
One, who lives in Suffolk Parade, said: “We are two doors away and at present have to listen to car doors slamming until late six nights a week.
“Sunday night is the only quiet night we get as other premises do not open in the area, except the Balti which is quiet.”
Another resident said the comparison with a neighbouring Indian restaurant was not a valid one. They said: “The India Lounge is a restaurant rather than a takeaway and therefore does not experience the degree of disruption that would occur if the Indian takeaway extended its opening hours.”
However, planning officers at Cheltenham Borough Council did not consider the objections strong enough to turn down the takeaway’s request.
The council report said: “It is appreciated that the application site is a takeaway as opposed to a restaurant, however the two restaurants mentioned above offer a takeaway facility in addition to dining in. As such there is no reason to suggest that there is likely to be any more disturbance arising from the application site.”
Neighbour Michael Southern said he was very disappointed by the decision.
“As well as noise and car slamming doors, we’ll have a lot more rubbish,” he said. “We have to go out in the morning and pick up the rubbish ourselves, and in Summer there are strong unpleasant smells.”
Spice Fusion’s owners were unavailable to comment on the residents’ concerns.