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Enough takeaways in Brightlingsea, say planning officers

Brightlingsea has enough takeaways, according to planning officers who have turned down an application to convert an empty shop near the Hard into a fast food outlet.

The change of use application for 48 Waterside – the former AJ's convenience store at the front of the Marina development – by Mrs Kalpana Monanathan was opposed by two residents and Brightlingsea Town Council and rejected by Tendring Council (TDC). One of the main objections was that a proposed flue would project on to the land occupied by the adjacent Grade II listed Wreck House and planning officer agreed, saying that it would be "visually harmful to the appearance of the building and the Conservation Area".

Residents also said that the proposed takeaway – would have been open for 13 hours every day of the year – would create cooking smells, late-night noise and litter, while the potential for fat build up in the pumped drainage system could have caused "serious maintenance issues".  Officers agreed, saying that the "proposal would adversely affect the living conditions of neighbours due to odour, noise or disturbance".

In their reasons for refusal, planning officers said that "the addition of another take away food outlet in this small coastal conurbation is considered to promote negative impacts on public health". They also pointed out that the applicant had not supplied a Flood Risk Assessment for the building, which is in a flood zone, and had not given any details of a designated and secure waste storage area.

• An appeal against a TDC decision to block the building of two semi-detached houses with parking spaces on land next to 21 Waterside has been refused.  A planning inspector told Wivenhoe-based developers Bull and Baldwin that the plan couldn't be allowed because the vacant plot – previously used for boat storage – was "unacceptable due to its location within an area of high flood risk".

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