CITY centre dwellers are objecting to the prospect of a takeaway.
Approval for the change of use from a nail bar is being sought at 18 Northgate Street, opposite Hunter Street, by Mr T K Al-Jorani.
The premises, set in the City Centre Conservation Area, are vacant.
Mr Al-Jorani has told planning officers he is looking for opening hours of 11am until midnight Monday to Saturday and noon until 10pm on Sundays and bank holidays.
The City Council has had two objections highlighting problems with existing food and fast food shops in the area due to late night opening and littering.
It is claimed there is a proliferation of food businesses in that part of Northgate Street and argued the takeaway would have a detrimental effect on the road leading up to the historic Northgate.
Objectors are also concerned about the loss of a shop.
Planning officers accept there would be a row of four food related premises but say the takeaway would not lead to a continuous row of more than two non retail units.
Although it would result in “a large grouping of food uses in a single location” it would bring the vacant unit back into use which they say is “especially important” considering the number of vacant units in Northgate Street.
The change of use would not have an unacceptable effect on the character and appearance of the conservation area, they believe and the takeaway would not be close enough to dwellings to have an unacceptable effect on their amenities.
No objections have been raised by the County Engineer.
Recommending the application should be approved, they say the takeaway would not have an unacceptable effect on the vitality and viability of the city centre shopping street.
The change of use to a hot food takeaway is due to be considered at a meeting of the city's planning board at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Wednesday (October 29) at 10.30am.