The following just released from the Council:
Haringey Council welcomed a government Inspector's dismissal of an appeal by Paddy Power Bookmakers to overturn a council planning decision.
Haringey planners had refused Paddy Power planning permission for a change of use, enabling a retail unit to be turned into another betting shop at 261 High Road, Tottenham N15. The site occupies a prominent location on the corner of the High Road and West Green Road and currently operates as a music store.
At the appeal, the Inspector agreed with Haringey Council, saying such a change of use would cause unacceptable harm to the vitality and viability of the shopping centre and the preservation and enhancement of the conservation area.
The Inspector said the proposal would be in conflict with the councils planning policies as laid out in the Unitary Development Plan (UDP).
He said they: "..would have an adverse effect on the vitality, viability and predominantly retail function of the centre due to the loss of a retail use in a prominent location."
He also said that satellite dishes and air conditioning units would be detrimental to the Tottenham High Road Conservation Area, again, conflicting with council policy.
The council is already lobbying for legislation to prevent clusters of betting shops taking over high streets.
In Haringey, rows of betting shops are emerging in shopping centres, reducing the retail mix available and threatening the sustainability and diversity of these centres.
Cllr Nilgun Canver, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said:
"This result strengthens our arguments about the challenges posed by the clustering of betting shops within the borough. It will add strength to any proposed planning policy that recognises the value of having attractive shopping centres that provide a diverse retail mix, contributing to sustainable and stable communities.
The Inspector also dismissed an application for costs against the council by Paddy Power.
Good decision, but makes me wonder why a simillar Harringay appeal failed.
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