Double takeaway bid for same Burnley main road set to be canned by planners

Councillors have been recommended to veto the creation of two hot food takeaways on the same main road.

Burnley Council’s development control committee on Thursday will debate the plans for 296 and 334 Padiham Road in Gannow ward.
The proposals are both put forward by Bhag Singh. The committee will discuss the applications after they were referred to it by ward councillors.

Reports by planning officers recommend refusal of both conversions. The premises at 296 are currently an empty retail unit while those at 334 are a vacant former sandwich shop.

The report on 296 says: “The building is situated within the arterial route through Burnley and Padiham Road A671. It is situated within a block of terraced properties which have a mixture of retail shops on the ground floor with annexed flats and retail over.


“Currently the application unit on the ground floor is unoccupied. The development sought is to change the use of the retail unit to a hot food takeaway and includes the installation of a rear extractor flue. There are no further changes proposed to the shop.

“The application form notes the opening hours to be 9am to 10pm every day."

It is recommended that permission be refused for the following reasons:

  • the proposed use of the building as a hot food takeaway would result in consecutive takeaway uses which is an unacceptable clustering of hot food takeaways in an area outside of the Primary Shopping Area, Town Centre or any defined District Centre. As such the proposal would fail to support healthy lifestyles.

  • there is a lack of information to demonstrate that it would not have an unacceptable impact on the living conditions of nearby occupants due to the cumulative impacts of another takeaway use in the vicinity leading to increased late night noise and disturbance.

The report on 334 says: “The application site relates to the ground floor and basement of mid-terrace property 334 Padiham Road (A671), Burnley. It is understood that the site was last used as a sandwich shop with ancillary hot food known as Butty-Licious but it is currently vacant.

“In summary, the proposed hot food takeaway would be unacceptable in principle and would have an unacceptable impact on the living conditions of nearby occupants. This would have a disproportionate impact on a child and those with protected characteristic(s).

“The proposal would involve economic and social benefits associated with the reuse of a vacant building. However, it has not been demonstrated that this is the only option for the application building or that there is a wider need for the proposal in this location.”