Given a proliferation of restaurants and cafes in the area, the appellant argued that the road should be allowed to become a leisure destination. The betting shop would enhance the area's commercial viability and its character would deteriorate if an inflexible policy were applied, he asserted.
The inspector considered that a lively mixture of ground-floor retail and commercial uses with office and residential space above was the essence of the area's character and function. In his view, the remaining shops played a very important part in maintaining the area's vitality and its role in providing services to residents, workers and businesses.
Inspector: Nicholas Taylor; Written representations