Plan to build veterinary surgery rejected

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PLANS to build a veterinary surgery off a busy road have been knocked back by council chiefs.

Proposals to transform a 42-bay Dentons Green Lane car park into a single storey surgery and retail unit - which would have created 10 jobs - were refused by the committee earlier this month.

The committee was told that the car park was currently used to serve the Megamart indoor bazaar, other local businesses and the residents of Keswick Road.

But, while it was important locally, there was no planning requirement for the car park to remain open.

It was noted, however, that the loss of the car park could lead to the displacement of parking elsewhere in the local area, particularly as Dentons Green Lane has double yellow lines to ensure it operates effectively as a distributor road.

Local residents and businesspeople raised concerns about there being several veterinary surgeries in the local area already and that an additional surgery would affect the viability of the other businesses.

They also spoke out about the storage of animal carcases and the potential impact on health and general amenity.

Planning officers concluded that the provision of a new veterinary surgery and retail unit would help to secure economic growth by creating 10 jobs and enable the redevelopment of a visually unattractive site, securing an improvement to the character and appearance of the local area.

They added that the plans would not have a significant impact upon residential amenity and said appropriate provision had been made for parking and servicing.

However, despite provision being made for 16 parking spaces for surgery customers and staff, the planning committee knocked back the plans due to parking and servicing.

In their refusal statement, they said: “The proposed development fails to provide a sufficient level of on-site car parking or adequate on-site servicing facilities.

“It would therefore result in vehicles waiting and/or manouevering into the site from the A570 causing obstruction to the free and safe flow of traffic to the detriment of highway safety.”