Concern over fish and chip shop plans

NEW USE: The Launder-it shop is set to be turned into a takeaway
NEW USE: The Launder-it shop is set to be turned into a takeaway

Plans to turn a vacant launderette in Leyland into a fish and chip shop have been met with criticism.

The police and people living around the Turpin Green Lane store have written letters of objection to the proposals, raising concerns over anti-social behaviour and parking problems.

Some say that Leyland doesn’t need any more takeaways.

But the agent representing applicant Sally Griffiths insists that people have nothing to worry about.

Khalid Khan, of Khalid Khan and Associates based in Blackburn, said: “The shop has been vacant for a while and my client wants to rent it out.

“She feels that turning it into a takeaway will attract business, and she hopes it will get planning permission so she can change it into a traditional English fish and chip shop.

“I think people see the word ‘takeaway’ in the plans and assume it will be something like an Indian, but I think they will be happier when they know it will be a fish and chip shop.

“There aren’t many of those in that area at the moment.”

He added: “The takeaway will close at 10pm and I’m sure any anti-social behaviour will be controlled.

“In terms of parking, there will be provision for around four or five cars at the front of the shop, but we expect the majority of our customers to be from the local area.

“We anticipate that most people will walk there, and that anyone who does come in a car will be in and out in a short space of time.”

In a letter to South Ribble Council, which is set to make a decision over the plans, Rachel Hines from Lancashire Police said: “There have been incidents of crime and disorder within the immediate vicinity of this location; these include criminal damage and shoplifting.

“In order to prevent the opportunity for crime, disorder and nuisance, we object to this change of use.”

Stanley Street resident Rachel Ramshead wrote: “Parking is already a major issue for residents of Turpin Green Lane and neighbouring streets.

“Having a takeaway will greatly increase this problem.

“Also, people do not bother using litter bins and will just throw their rubbish on the floor.”

She added: “Having a takeaway would increase the noise levels as people would congregate, and there are already a large number of takeaways in this area of Leyland.

“I feel that they should be kept to the Chapel Brow and Golden Hill Lane areas.”

Five letters of representation have been submitted from residents so far.