A NEW fish and chip shop will open in a residential area in Gosport – despite objections from neighbours.
Members of the council’s planning committee gave the go-ahead for plans for a takeaway and restaurant in the Bury Cross neighbourhood shopping centre in The Avenue.
The building, which is in a row of shops including Dominos Pizza, a launderette and a hairdresser, has been empty for around nine years after it was previously used as offices.
There were 11 letters of objection to the chip shop plan, which related to fears of noise, extra traffic, litter and anti-social behaviour in the local area.
But the shop has been given the go-ahead as long as the owners follow certain conditions, including installing an extraction system to remove cooking smells.
Councillor Mark Hook, leader of the council, said: ‘Takeaway shops are always a very difficult decision to make and take.
‘There will always be those who are opposed to it with those living nearby. We need to try and allay the fears that a new takeaway will generate a lot of traffic.
‘There is the potential for noise.
‘In this particular one they have talked about it being more of a restaurant than a takeaway.
‘They have given assurances that they will keep the area clean and that the extraction flue system being used will neutralise any smells.
‘They have done as much as they can to allay the fears.
‘It’s a business decision that someone has taken.
‘There is already a fish and chip shop in Queens Parade and in Alverstoke village.
‘You do have to question the logic of putting one in there but that’s a business decision for those who made it to take.
‘It will bring something to that area because the building itself has been empty for nine years now.’