Wellingborough Council told to pay pizza costs

Wellingborough Council has been told to pay the appeal costs of a pizza chain after turning down its planning application.

Wellingborough Council has been told to pay the appeal costs of a pizza chain after turning down its planning application.

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Wellingborough Council has been told to pay the appeal costs of a pizza chain after turning down its planning application.

Papa Johns applied for permission to change a former estate agents in Midland Road, Wellingborough, into a pizza takeaway.

The application was considered by the planning committee at a meeting in October and turned down.

The head of planning and local development at Wellingborough Council recommended that permission be granted, but councillors at the meeting turned down the application.

The minutes state: “The proposal would result in an unacceptable level of inconvenience for the residents of Glenbank at anti-social hours and is contrary to the North Northamptonshire Core Spatial Strategy.

“The proposal would result in danger to highway safety due to the movement of delivery vehicles in Glenbank and is contrary to the North Northamptonshire Core Spatial Strategy.”

The business appealed and Thomas Shields, an inspector for the secretary of state for communities and local government, found in their favour, awarding them costs under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and the Local Government Act.

In his report, Mr Shields said: “The council had unreasonably withheld planning permission for two reasons, both of which appeared to be unsubstantiated, the first one of which was also vague.”

The building is owned by Harbhajan Singh, who said: “The planning officer said it should be approved but he was overturned by the councillors.

“It is a pity that council rate payers are going to have to pay the costs.”

The takeaway will open next month.