Parade harmed by duplication of betting shop use

The change of use of a retail unit in a small parade in east London to a betting shop was refused permission because it would significantly harm its vitality and viability.

The unit comprised one of three occupied by a firm selling catering equipment and an inspector accepted that this would not lead to the loss of choice within the parade. The appellants also proposed to relocate their existing business which occupied another unit in the parade into the appeal premises. However, a section 106 obligation confirming that the existing betting shop would close and the unit re-let as a shop had not been submitted, an inspector noted.

Consequently, there was a risk that two betting shops could operate within the parade which would have a harmful impact on the range and choice of shopping facilities and undermine its role and function. The scheme would not increase the risk of antisocial behaviour in the area but the risk to the centre’s vitality was unacceptable.

Inspector Geoffrey Hill; Written representations

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