COUNCILLORS have thrown out plans for a takeaway in a residential area of Chelmsley Wood, despite nearly 500 people signing a petition to support it.
The plans, discussed at last Wednesday’s planning committee meeting, were for the hot food business to be built as an extension to the existing corner shop on Wheatcroft Drive.
Councillor Nick Stephens (Lab, Chelmsley Wood) told members the application was ‘wholly inappropriate’ for the area.
He added: “As a council, we don’t usually allow these type of applications in these areas for these reasons - noise, traffic, litter and smell. This is a small shop surrounded by a residential area.
“All of the residents who have contacted me say they are against this application.”
Members did hear that the corner shop was a popular business in the area and the owners were highly regarded in the community.
But Coun Jim Ryan (Con, Bickenhill) added: “Where we have hot food, we get hot problems.”