by Lib Dem team on 25 May, 2016
Cllr Iain Roberts is calling for planning rules to be changed to prevent more takeaways opening in Cheadle and Gatley.
“We would like to see planning changes to put a limit on the number of takeaways that can be opened in one area. Cheadle and Gatley already have enough takeaways. At the moment it’s very difficult to stop more opening. We want the Council to adopt new planning rules that make it easier to block more takeaways.”
The Lib Dem team have no problem with a sensible number of takeaways – people use them and it’s better having a successful takeaway providing employment than an empty unit.
But if you have too many takeaways it makes it more difficult for the area to be a normal shopping centre. Takeaways often only open in the evenings so more and more units and closed during the day. There’s also a health issue for young people where there are takeaways near to schools.
“This is about saying that we have enough takeaways, and councillors should have the power to stop more opening if the community doesn’t want them.” Iain said.