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Wycombe's ex-council chief: Reject Domino's Marlow plan
WYCOMBE'S former council chief has called for a national Pizza takeaway chain's bid for a slice of Marlow town centre to be chucked out.
Cllr Alex Collingwood, who represents Marlow and was leader of Wycombe District Council until May, has told planners to quash the application for Domino's to move into the old Blockbuster store.
It was vacated earlier this year when the film rental firm went into administration.
The plan for the hot food takeaway in West Street has met strong resistance - with Cllr Collingwood the latest and most high profile to oppose it.
Changes have been made by the applicant but these are not good enough, he said in a letter to officials.
He said: "The amendments do not address the planning issues.
"In particular amenities for neighbours, traffic and lack of parking among others.
"If this is not refused please ensure that it goes to committee."
By going to committee the plans would have to be debated in public and a decision taken by councillors, rather than officers.
Gabbitas Robbins, the solicitors, have now also objected on behalf of the leaseholders and freeholders of the property next door, The Old House.
In a statement to planners, the company said there will be an increase in cars needing to park in West Street, an already busy road with limited on-street parking.
Dangers could be posed to pedestrians and drivers by parking on double yellow lines and the increased use of the adjacent archway, it added.
"The other major ground of objection is the fact that there will inevitably be food odours affecting the neighbouring properties and which will not be conducive to the use of The Old House for professional purposes," the law firm said.
"The likely opening hours of the proposed hot food takeaway will exacerbate the periods during the day and night when not only odour problems but also increased noise from the use of the takeaway will impact upon the adjoining properties."
It added: "West Street is already well served with food outlets of all kind and there is no need for another hot food outlet."
Bosses at Domino's have insisted the new takeaway would add to the town centre, even suggesting it will make the area more attractive in a recent letter to planners.
Lorna Duggan, Assistant Planner, on behalf of the pizza chain, said: "The beneficial reuse of the property as a hot food takeaway would reduce the number of vacancies in the centre, and, in my view, make a positive contribution to its vitality and viability."
The company has promised 20 new jobs will be created.
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