Kebab shop skewered and not welcome in Chippy

Oxford Mail: John Dix John Dix

A BID to open Chipping Norton’s first kebab shop has failed after an outcry from residents.

Thirty-six residents wrote to West Oxfordshire District Council warning the plan for Horsefair would increase antisocial behaviour, noise, littering and create cooking odours. They also warned parking was inadequate.

There were fears the shop would damage trade at neighbouring bridal store The Sassy Wedding shop.

A petition with 57 signatures also opposed the plan while Chipping Norton Town Council “strongly objected”.

The applicant has said they will come back with a new scheme.

Members of the district council’s uplands area planning subcommittee rejected the plan after backing an officers’ report that said it would have an “unacceptable urbanising impact harmful to the rural character of the area”.

The report did not raise noise or road safety concerns but said a ventilation shaft would be an “alien feature” and “detract from the character and appearance of the area”.

John Dix, 60, who lives next door to the planned kebab shop, said: “We are very pleased that they have come to their senses and rejected it.

“We were all extremely concerned. It would have completely ruined our health and happiness.”

He added: “All the smells would have filled the area. We wouldn’t have been able to enjoy our gardens.”

Sally Jaffé, 79, of nearby Rockhill, said: “I’m very relieved. It would have been completely intolerable if it was built.

“It’s a completely unsuitable site – it’s on a corner, there’s no parking and it’s a residential area. And we’ve already got a kebab van.”

The van parks in Market Street in the evenings. The planning application was to change the currently empty building’s use from commercial to hot food takeaway.

Committee member Annie Roy-Barker said she had been assured the wedding shop would move if the plan went ahead.

She said: “This application concerns me greatly.

“I really do believe that the living conditions of neighbouring residents will be materially affected, contrary to what the application states.”

David Scott, the agent for the applicant, said: “We believe we can overcome the understandable anxiety about the effect on the conservation area, and we will be seeking a meeting with the council to find a solution.”

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1:20pm Mon 11 Apr 11

Whitto says...

Was "Hot Fuzz" based on Chipping Norton?
Was "Hot Fuzz" based on Chipping Norton? Whitto

3:40pm Mon 11 Apr 11

Mr Peter Mcvay says...

How marvelous to live in a place where the most exciting thing to happen is objecting to a Kebab shop. P.S. The Kebab Van has not seemed to have ended civilisation in Chippy, so why would a shop? P.P.S. I wonder what would happen if he planned to open a CHIPPY in CHIPPY?
How marvelous to live in a place where the most exciting thing to happen is objecting to a Kebab shop. P.S. The Kebab Van has not seemed to have ended civilisation in Chippy, so why would a shop? P.P.S. I wonder what would happen if he planned to open a CHIPPY in CHIPPY? Mr Peter Mcvay

6:32pm Mon 11 Apr 11

ox-cabby says...

Two very good comments so far.

HOT FUZZ . . .ha ha ha.

But on a serious note, they should ask the village people. Its not going to be that much of a problem as it's a small village. See what they say and based on the results, make a decision....i am guessing, but people might want it there!

Also, having it next door to someone who may faint by the smell of 'healthy food', i don't think its the right place for it. These are village people we're talking about here....chocolate gateau?...oh yes please
Two very good comments so far. HOT FUZZ . . .ha ha ha. But on a serious note, they should ask the village people. Its not going to be that much of a problem as it's a small village. See what they say and based on the results, make a decision....i am guessing, but people might want it there! Also, having it next door to someone who may faint by the smell of 'healthy food', i don't think its the right place for it. These are village people we're talking about here....chocolate gateau?...oh yes please ox-cabby

7:23pm Mon 11 Apr 11

Botley JazzMonkey says...

"But on a serious note, they should ask the village people"

I hardly think this calls for a consulation with a 1970's disco group.
"But on a serious note, they should ask the village people" I hardly think this calls for a consulation with a 1970's disco group. Botley JazzMonkey

8:28pm Mon 11 Apr 11

shipscat says...

Join the YMCA botley or get job in the navy they say its good for a young man.
Join the YMCA botley or get job in the navy they say its good for a young man. shipscat

5:43am Tue 12 Apr 11

Muckaway says...

They have a point though, would Corn Street in Witney be so full of litter, urine and sick on Saturday and Sunday mornings if it wasn't for the "Chuck-Out Chicken" Shops?
They have a point though, would Corn Street in Witney be so full of litter, urine and sick on Saturday and Sunday mornings if it wasn't for the "Chuck-Out Chicken" Shops? Muckaway

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