No plaice for fish shop plan

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TAKEAWAY plans for Great Cornard that took a battering from residents have been shelved.

Michael Ladak, owner of Mick’s Fish and Chips in Landsdown Road, Sudbury, had applied for permission to change the use of Motorspares in Bures Road to a fish and chip takeaway and restaurant.

However, the application has been withdrawn before a decision was made by Babergh District Council.

A council planning spokesman said: “The email received from the agent stated that recent information received from Suffolk County Council’s highways department in connection with the development led them to withdraw the application.

“The agent will be speaking to highways officials later in the year to discuss the issues that have been raised.”

Great Cornard Parish Council opposed the application last month, citing residents’ concerns over parking, litter and the proximity to Great Cornard Upper School.

Natalea Mills, who lives in Head Lane and was part of the residents’ group which opposed the application, believes their concerns may have been a contributing factor in Mr Ladak’s decision to withdraw the application.

“I don’t think he was expecting as much opposition from local residents,” said Mrs Mills, whose son William is in Year 9 at Great Cornard Upper School and whose daughters, Eleanor, eight, and Amelia, seven, will be moving up in the next few years.

Despite the withdrawal of the takeaway application, Mrs Mills explained the group would not be resting on their laurels.

“We are not going to leave it, as he may put another application in at another time,” she said.

Nick Peasland Architectural Services, the agent acting on behalf of Mr Ladak, declined to comment on the application.

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