PLANNING chiefs refused permission for a restaurant on a busy Huddersfield street – but allowed another food outlet to open a few doors down.
Councillors yesterday blocked a proposal to set up a restaurant at 119 to 123 Lidget Street in Lindley because of concerns about late-night noise.
But planners then granted permission for a fish bar at 103 Lidget Street which will stay open until 10pm each night.
Stableford Investments had asked Kirklees Council’s Huddersfield Planning Sub-committee for permission to convert 119 to 123 Lidget Street into a restaurant and wine bar.
The two-storey building next to Concepts Beauty is currently vacant.
Trevor Thornton of Stableford Investments told councillors the wine bar would be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays and open from 6pm to 11pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays and 6pm to midnight on Fridays.
He said: “We feel this will add to the vibrant village of Lindley.
“It will provide an alternative to eating in the pub. The people who go to this wine bar will not be the kind of people you will find rolling around on the street.”
But councillors expressed concerns about the impact of a restaurant with room for 84 customers.
Kirkburton Conservative Clr Christine Smith said it would lead to a “horrendous” parking situation.
Resident Sarah Moore also spoke against the restaurant.
She said: “This will cause a lot of noise pollution. As a single parent I object on these grounds.”
Labour’s Clr Molly Walton spoke in favour of the plan.
The Crosland Moor and Netherton woman said: “Having two empty shops on a prominent street is always a blight.”
Councillors voted seven to six to refuse planning permission because of noise concerns.
The sub-committee then considered Joanna Graham’s application to open a fish bar and delicatessen at 103 Lidget Street.
Helen Brooke spoke in favour of the plan.
She told yesterday’s meeting at Huddersfield Town Hall: “As a fellow retailer I think this would be a welcome addition.
“We’re desperately fighting to save our high streets from supermarket giants.
“Lindley needs to continue to be exciting and innovative.”
Lindley Conservative Clr Tony Brice asked sub-committee members to “disregard car parking issues” and support the development.
Clr Walton, who voted in favour of both Lidget Street plans, said: “I can not see how you can support this and be against the development three doors away.
“All the arguments against the wine bar could be used against this proposal.”
Clr Walton added that allowing the fish bar would give Mr Thornton “absolutely superb grounds” to appeal against the decision to refuse permission for the wine bar.
But Clr Nicola Turner, who voted against the wine bar but for the fish bar, disagreed.
The Colne Valley Lib Dem said: “Selling cooked fish will not cause parking problems on Lidget Street, but having an 84-cover restaurant will.”
The sub-committee voted 11 to one to allow the fish bar to go ahead.