Long-running chip shop plan finally battered

RUSHDEN, old corner shop, Higham Road. Dorothy Maxwell and protesters fighting to stop it becoming a fish and chip shop, Claire Hamilton and Daughter Lauren, Tyler Maxwell, Dorothy Maxwell and Kathleen Knight
RUSHDEN, old corner shop, Higham Road. Dorothy Maxwell and protesters fighting to stop it becoming a fish and chip shop, Claire Hamilton and Daughter Lauren, Tyler Maxwell, Dorothy Maxwell and Kathleen Knight

Residents hope they have finally won their two-year battle to prevent a chip shop from opening up near to where they live.

Campaigners have been fighting a bid to open up the takeaway in 110 Higham Road, Rushden, since 2010, and following two declined proposals and two appeals turned down by the Secretary of State, it now seems the chips are finally down for the application.

Last week, the second appeal to the Secretary of State by the applicant was refused by a planning inspector, with 500 residents who petitioned against the proposal relishing the latest development.

Campaigner Dorothy Maxwell, of Higham Road, said: “For some residents, it has been quite stressful not knowing what the decision was going to be.

“It looks like we’ve reached the end of the road though, and we’re all delighted.

“We had concerns over the odours coming from the shop, the fact it was so close to two schools, and this is a residential area – it’s not made for takeaway. Common sense has prevailed.”

The first set of plans to turn an old shop into a fish and chip shop were withdrawn by the developers in June 2010.

The next set of plans was refused by East Northamptonshire Council in December that year, and another application was refused in 2011, on the grounds of odour, litter and increased traffic.

Two appeals were also rejected.

Cllr Andy Mercer, who represents Rushden Spencer ward, said: “We hope this matter is now finally resolved. East Northamptonshire Council notes our original decision has been upheld by the Planning Inspectorate after two appeals.

“We are especially pleased that the inspector strengthened the reasons for refusal from those of the original appeal decision.”