Permission for fifth takeaway on Church Road, Bishop's Cleeve
THERE will soon be five takeaways in Bishop's Cleeve – despite a 795-strong petition from villagers arguing against the plan.
Tewkesbury Borough Council gave planning permission to Blackwater Securities on Tuesday for a florist shop on Unit 3, Mill House, in Church Road, to be changed to a takeaway.
Seven letters to the planning committee said the area was already "saturated with supermarkets, takeaways and restaurants" and would cause a loss of business to the four existing takeaways.
Cleeve Fish Bar, Sing's Kitchen, the Taj Mahal and Shiraz Tandoori and Balti are already in the village.
Maria Diplaros, owner of Cleeve Fish Bar, started the petition and said she was extremely disappointed at the decision.
She added that nobody knew what food the takeaway would sell.
Mrs Diplaros, who has owned the store for more than 10 years with husband Theo, said: "So many people have signed the petition. Another takeaway would be a real dampener on everything and everyone here.
"The new takeaway can't bring anything else to the village, nothing that we haven't already got here. There are all sorts of shops here and there is nothing extra."
She said business at her shop fell in the last year and that a new takeaway would not be good news for the rest of the takeaways in Church Road.
Mrs Diplaros said: "The shop could be something else other than a takeaway.
"I am quite annoyed, and wasn't expecting it at all, not after the signatures."
Bishop's Cleeve parish council objected to the initial planning application on parking grounds.
Geoff Jackson, vice chairman of the parish council, said: "We are disappointed that our objection was unsuccessful.
"There are enough takeaways serving the community at the moment, and we have concerns about parking and safety.
"Most people who come might park on the main road, and just nip in to get their take away and that will cause a parking issue. I think there were suggestions for takeaways in the new developments, and we have more than enough now."
Tewkesbury Borough Council said the proposal was set out in the Local Plan, which does not stipulate if a certain percentage of retail units should fall within a specific use class.
The new takeaway will only be allowed to open till 11pm every night because of concerns over groups of youths congregating in the area.
County Highways, the police and Environmental Health raised no objections.
The Echo was unable to reach applicant Blackwater.