Campaigners’ delight as takeaway is refused

Campaigners who opposed a new takeaway in Great Cornard say they feel vindicated after the proposals were refused planning permission.

Residents in the village, along with the parish council, have been fighting plans to turn the Motor Spares shop in Bures Road into a hot food takeaway for almost a year.

They claimed the application put forward by Michael Ladak, who owns Mick’s Fish and Chips in Landsdown Road, Sudbury, would result in traffic problems, disrupt the lives of those living nearby and pose potential harm to the eating habits of schoolchildren at Wells Hall Primary School and Thomas Gainsborough School.

On Wednesday, the plans – which had already been revised in the face of criticism – were rejected by Babergh District Council’s development committee.

“We have given everything over the last 12 months to stop the takeaway happening,” said Guy Palmer, from Head Lane.

“It would have affected people’s lives a lot and not many people cared for it. We feel quite satisfied with the outcome.”

Mr Palmer, who works at Nestle Purina, teamed up with neighbour Julia Shields and other residents to battle the plans for the takeaway, which would have created two full and part-time jobs.

“This has brought a sense of community to the area,” he said.

“It has been very tiring and taken many hours, but it would have been absolutely ridiculous to have a takeaway on that junction with no parking.”

Case officer Stuart McAdam said the fast-food outlet would have had a “detrimental” impact on residents and led to inappropriate parking.

“It is not therefore considered a suitable employment use in the Great Cornard area,” he said.

Peter Beer, development committee chairman and Suffolk county councillor for Great Cornard, said the committee had taken the views of residents, schools and parish councillors into account.

“We had lots of letters and we read all the people’s comments,” he said.

The agent for Mr Ladak, Nick Peasland, was unavailable for comment.