PEOPLE on an upmarket estate still disgruntled after approval was given for a fish and chip shop on their doorstep could soon face a new planning challenge.
South Tyneside Council’s planning committee blocked a bid to convert a retail unit in Sea Winnings Way in Westoe Crown Village into a fish and chip restaurant and takeaway.
However, that decision was overruled by the Planning Inspectorate on appeal, angering neighbours fearful that a chippy would pose a fire risk.
Now it has emerged that another business in the street, the Mac ‘n’ Alli café, is seeking approval to remain open until 10.30pm on Friday and Saturday evenings for “private supper club” events.
The application has raised the hackles of resident Dave Scholey, one of the leaders of opposition to the fish and chip shop plans.
He fears that, if approved, the application could open the doors to further such bids, and create late-night disturbance for residents.
Mr Scholey said: “The first we knew about this was a sign the owner put on lamp-posts. It was kept very quiet.
“We will be opposing this. If it got the go-ahead, it would open the door to everyone.
“A substantial extraction system would need to be installed to enable this to go ahead, with a 30m-high pipe. I can’t see that being agreed.”
But café owner Dee Clayton denied any suggestion her proposed supper club would create a disturbance.
She said: “These supper clubs would be pre-booked, with guests arriving at 7.30pm and leaving at 10.30pm. There would be no outside dinning, and there would not be people coming and going at all hours of the night.
“The council has asked if we could close at 8.30pm, which is obviously not what we want. I’m currently mulling over a response to that.”
Gordon Atkinson, the council’s senior planner, said: “The fish and chip shop was refused, but at the appeal, the developer offered to close by 8.30pm, with the staff leaving the premises at 9pm, and the inspector said this would be more acceptable.
“We have written to Mac ‘n’ Alli to ask if they could adjust the opening times to be more in line with the fish and chip shop’s opening times.”