A Government Planning Inspector has once again overruled local Councillors and granted planning permission for another takeaway in Coleshill. The application, originally submitted to the Borough Council to turn 6 Coventry Road into a hot food takeaway was refused by North Warwickshire Borough Council.
The applicant appealed directly to the Secretary of State for Local Government, Conservative MP, Sajid Javid who appointed a Planning Inspector to review the case. The decision to overrule the Borough Council has been made worse by the Government Inspector’s decision to award costs to the applicant, meaning the Council will have to pay a substantial amount of money to the applicant.
Labour Group Leader and Coleshill Councillor, Adam Farrell said;
“This is another example of the Government saying one thing on localism and then doing the complete opposite. Local Councillors opposed this planning application because Coleshill is already dominated by food outlets. We need to bring retail back to our town.
“We followed the Council’s own policy that says areas shouldn’t be over saturated with similar businesses. It seems the Government has no regard for local policies or the neighbourhood plan recently passed in a referendum.
“For the Government to award costs against the Council is another nail in the coffin of local decision making and localism.”