The number of takeaways in Higham Ferrers could be about to almost double after plans for new businesses were approved by councillors.
New takeaways could soon open in Market Square and Westfields Terrace after planning permission was approved by East Northamptonshire Council.
A third hot food takeaway could also open in Westfields Terrace after there was a successful appeal against a decision in August 2011 by the council to refuse plans for new business.
Cllr Anna Sauntson, ward member for Higham Ferrers, spoke out against the plans, on the grounds that the Market Street is in a conservation area and that the town was being ‘inundated’ with new takeaways.
Speaking about the Market Street application, she said: “The property has only been empty for four months. The agent could give longer to try to get a quality retailer.
“We are being asked to almost double the amount of takeaways in the town, from four to seven, and this one in our conservation area. I feel it should be refused.”
She added: “A total of 325 people in Higham Ferrers responded to a survey about what shops and businesses they would like to see in the future – only a few said a takeaway.”
The Market Street takeaway was approved subject to an amendment being made to the application over opening hours and more information being provided by the applicant over how they will deal with cooking smells.