DC Casebook: Food and Drink Uses - Crime fears put block on takeaway use

The retention of a takeaway at a former cafe in a small shopping parade with maisonettes above in Derbyshire has been judged likely to increase the risk of antisocial behaviour.

The parade also contained a Chinese takeaway and a general store and off-licence, both of which opened late into the evening. The council, supported by the police, was concerned that the appeal proposal, which involved late-night opening, would increase antisocial incidents and undermine the amenity of local residents.

The inspector noted an increase in antisocial behaviour requiring a police response and agreed that the takeaway and off-licence created a draw for people to congregate and cause nuisance. The appeal proposal would increase fear of crime, undermine residents' amenity through noise and disturbance and potentially increase the number of antisocial incidents, he concluded.

DCS Number 100-069-111

Inspector John Colburn; Written representations

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