Monmouthshire County Council have refused the recent planning application for a change of use from A1 (retail) to an A3 (takeaway) unit in Caldicot town centre.
The planning application, submitted by the landlords was submitted to Monmouthshire County Council on Tuesday 8th October. The original application form and our article can be found here https://caldicottownteam.co.uk/planning-submitted-for-another-takeaway-in-caldicot-town-centre/ .
Monmouthshire County Council’s planning officer’s reasoning for refusing the change of use is detailed in the decision report, we have some extracts from it here;
The proposed change of use to an A3 Use would further extend a continuous frontage of 4, A3 uses and lead to an over concentration of A3 uses in this area of Newport Road in the town centre
The fact that the takeaway business will be closed during the day and only open in the evenings means that it will not bring footfall into the town centre during the day time and this will be harmful to the vitality and viability of Caldicot Town Centre.
Caldicot Town Council recommended that the proposed change of use was approved, however did not provide any further information on their recommendation.
Whether the landlord will now appeal this decision is something that will need to be done within the next 6 months.
Caldicot Town Team are sympathetic with the landlords view of the refusal to the change of use, however, it is our opinion that Caldicot can offer a better more vibrant town centre, taking into account the large regeneration works that has already started and the changing face of our town centre and its users. Caldicot and the surrounding villages is having an impact on what members of the public want and need and our town centre needs to reflect that moving forward, However, that said, it is not a great view for anyone, whether it be the public, existing businesses, landlords or potential tenants to see a number of empty units within a town such as Caldicot.