'Subway' sandwich outlet in Barton refused permission
A proposed Barton shop extension offering fast-food 'Subway' sandwiches has been rejected by North Lincolnshire Council.
Mr and Mrs T Patel sought planning permission to extend a shop, change the use of a dwelling into a shop and flat, and alter a dwelling at 89-91 Fleetgate.
Mr Patel exercised his democratic right to speak at the monthly meeting of the planning committee at Scunthorpe Civic Centre - before councillors made their decision.
He said this was an established family business - competing with supermarkets - and now seeking to offer a wider range to the public.
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His proposals included a fast-food sandwich outlet - described as "a Subway" to the committee.
A report prepared for councillors by planning staff said that while the protection of jobs - five full-time, six part-time - and the business was recognised as important, "the protection of the town centre is enshrined in national and local policy and there are empty units within the town centre which should be filled first."
Planners suggested the 'Subway' element of the proposals could easily be "disaggregated" and put in a unit on the High Street or George Street.
The council's reason for refusing permission included reference to the site being outside the retail shopping area designated in the North Lincolnshire Local Plan.
Anyone refused planning permission by a local council has the right to lodge an appeal with the Government.