Increasing number of cafes and takeaways 'destroying retail balance in Barnard Castle' (From The Advertiser Series)
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Increasing number of cafes and takeaways 'destroying retail balance in Barnard Castle'
PROPOSALS to convert a former pub into a restaurant and the planned relocation of a fish and chip shop have been backed – despite claims an ever increasing number of eateries are destroying the retail balance of a County Durham market town.
Barnard Castle Town Council's planning committee voted in favour of a change of use at The Beaconsfield, in Galgate, from pub to restaurant.
Members also supported an application submitted by John Moore, who is proposing to move his Fryer Tuck's fish and chip shop from its current base in Galgate to an empty shop unit in Horsemarket.
However, Coun John Watson expressed his concern at both proposals.
He said The Beaconsfield was outside designated areas for retail trading in Barnard Castle and this should be pointed out to Durham County Council's planning officers.
Coun Watson also raised concerns over the type of business planned for the Horsemarket unit and the parking situation in the area.
He said: “Barnard Castle is awash with cafes and fast food takeaways. We don't have the local population or tourists to satisfy the numbers of cafes and takeaways. It is destroying the balance.”
Coun Watson said the fact that a shop unit was currently empty did not justify support for another fast food outlet in the town centre.
Coun David Kinch disagreed and added: “The important thing is to get every shop open.”
Speaking in support of both applications, deputy mayor Coun John Blissett said they would bring people into the town and provide employment.
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