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Papa John's Burgess Hill Relocation Hit By Planning Issues

22nd March 2018
By Peter Chapman

Lovers of Fresh Pizza will have to wait longer for the possible relocation of Papa John's Pizza after their application to relocate to Station Road has come up against a number of planning issues and local opposition.

Due to the redevelopment of the Martlets Shopping Centre, Papa John's had to leave along with a number of other businesses at the end of February.

In order to stay in the town, the popular take-away business applied for a change of use for 51 Station road from A2 (Financial and professional service) to A5 (Hot food takeaway). 51 Station Road was most recently an Estate Agents and is located in a area which includes Spiral Tex Mex, KB Kebab, Generous Chicken, Smoque Burger and Uncle Sam's.

The application was expected to be a formality but this hasn't proved to be the case at all.

The Issues:

Operating hours:
The application called for Friday and Saturday night operating hours until 1am. It caused a significant amount of opposition that MSDC's planning officer advised Papa John's to submit an earlier closing time. Papa John's proposed midnight, but then took the officer's advice of an 11pm closure with a view to applying to extend the hours at a later date once that change of use gets accepted.

Lack of space for commercial bins in courtyard:
Due to the amount of other food businesses operating in this congested area, there's apparently no room for any more commercial bins, claiming there there would be a big health and safety issue. Should this prevent Papa John's from being to operate from 51 Station Road? Everyone is entitled to use the space? Mid Sussex District Council have requested drawings from the applicant to illustrate where their bins will be located.

Issues with the extract flue system
Residents have raised issues with the proposed location of the store's extract flue. It's claimed that it will affect their quality of living due to the odur and exhausted gases. The council officer has only asked the applicant to ensure the materials of the flue should match the exterior of the building to minimise the visual impact.

Traffic & parking
A resident wrote: 'The parking would be very dangerous because of the corner site which goes around from Station road to Queens Crescent. It would be impossible to park any additional vehicles including the large vans, lorries and also customer's of the proposed business near this site'.

Another wrote: 'Papa John’s currently run a home delivery service. There is no parking for the delivery vehicles outside 51 which can potentially lead to illegal parking on the side of the road / pavement, again making the already busy Queen’s crescent - station road junction incredibly unsafe and unclear for motorists and pedestrians.'

Planning Application Not Called In
It is very surprising that the application has not been 'called in' by either of the two Meeds Ward Councillors (Richard Cherry & Anne Jones) with such opposition, this application should go in front of the MSDC planning committtee and not be left as a delegated decision by a single council officer. It's good news for Papa John's that it will be a delegated decision though as it's more likely to win approval.

The whole case file for this application can be found on the MSDC planning portal by looking up application number: DM/17/5234

51 Station Road. Papa John's potential new home

The proposed layout of the new store

Spread the word, Papa John's relocation in Burgess Hill has run into issues

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