PLANNERS have refused permission for a chip shop near a school.
Councillors yesterday voted against allowing a takeaway at Sun Inn near Hipperholme and Lightcliffe High School.
Lee Roberts had asked Calderdale Council for permission to build an extension to the Grade II listed pub on Wakefield Road in Lightcliffe.
Chartered town planners Sedgwick Associates submitted a 58-page document supporting the takeaway.
The statement explained that the chip shop extension would cover up the unattractive eastern side of the pub.
But councillors claimed the takeaway would encourage high school pupils to eat unhealthy food.
Clr Colin Raistrick spoke against the chip shop proposal at the council’s planning committee meeting at Halifax Town Hall yesterday.
“Six hundred children would have access to the takeaway every afternoon,” said the Hipperholme and Lightcliffe independent.
“We have a responsibility to the health of children.”
Matthew Harding, who lives next to the pub, also spoke against the chip shop proposal at yesterday afternoon’s meeting.
“We’re talking about placing a fish and chip shop directly next door to a school,” he said.
“Literally hundreds of children will walk past the site on a daily basis. Allowing this proposal sends out the wrong message.”
Committee member Clr Martin Peel agreed: “I can’t live comfortably with the fact that 600 children would be coming out of the school while there’s a takeaway 50 yards away,” said the Sowerby Bridge Conservative.
“We would be letting the children of Calderdale down if we allowed this.”
The committee voted to refuse planning permission on health grounds.