June 2, 2016
Plan for new fish and chip shop in Highbridge wins council backing

Plans for a new fish and chip shop on a Highbridge housing estate were given backing by town councillors last night (Wednesday) despite concerns raised by some residents.

Under the proposals, a new fish and chip shop will open at 20 Morland Road alongside the convenience store which opened last autumn.

Cllr John Parkes said: "While I have no objection to the plans and want to encourage new business, I do fear there may be a knock-on effect to the trade of existing food shops in Highbridge. Church Street is already struggling."

Cllr Andy Brewer added: "This is also a more central location for a fish and chip shop which will be closer to residents homes on the Morland estate. Customers will appreciate that they do not have to walk to Church Street to get their food."

The meeting was told that two residents had lodged complaints regarding the plans, with one expressing concern about potential food smells from the premises.

However, town councillors heard that the county's Environmental Health team has asked for further clarification on the take-away's odour suppression plans, noise control, and night-time opening hours with a view to placing conditions on the shop.

The Planning Applications Committee approved the scheme without observation, but Chairman Cllr Andy Brewer said the Environmental Health team's points had been noted. The final decision on the plan lies with Sedgemoor District Council.


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