Gaming centre impact concerns overruled

The conversion of a vacant retail unit in a West Midlands town centre into an amusement facility has been accepted after an inspector concluded that the local authority had failed to produce evidence that supported its concerns about the impact on trading.

The council alleged that the change of use of a fairly large shop would undermine the area's retail function. But the inspector noted that the council's policies did not preclude amusement centres in towns. The immediate area retained a considerable level of vitality in terms of numbers of visitors, he found. He observed that amusement centres are common features in many town centres and meet the needs of shoppers and others during the day and early evening.

DCS Number 100-050-381

Inspector Bob Watson; Written representations.

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