Betting shop concentration fears overruled in primary frontage

A condition imposed on a planning permission restricting the use of premises in a south London town centre to financial and professional services only has been removed in order to enable the appellant to operate a betting shop.

The site lay within a primary shopping frontage and the council’s policies sought to maintain retail activity which underpinned the vitality and viability of the centre. At the time of the inspector’s site visit a charity shop and an amusement arcade lay adjacent to the site whilst opposite there were a ladies' wear shop and optician's. The wider area contained banks, cafes, restaurants and other betting shops but these did not account for a significant proportion of the primary shopping area, the inspector determined, ruling that the proposal would not lead to an over-concentration of non-retail uses. The proposed opening hours were not unusual for a betting shop and would not deter visits to the shopping area.

Inspector: D Board; Written representations


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