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Rileys Ice Cream Parlour/ Links Homes estate agent - which would you prefer

Rileys ice cream parlour was recently refused planning permission, it having started trading without going through this formality.

The full details of the decision can be found here. The key extract from the officer's recommendation is 

The Council’s survey reveals that the percentage of A1 use along this frontage has fallen below the require threshold of 65% provided for in Policy TCR3 above.

An earlier decision a few yards came to a different conclusion. Number 7 Broadway Parade is now trading as Links Homes Ltd. This business was granted a change of use from (A1) Shop to (A2) Financial and Professional Services despite the terms of TCR3. The relevant quote from the officer's recommendation reads

The applicant has provided documentation indicating that the property has been on the market, with no offers being made. The site is located within the main primary frontage of Crouch End where the number of retail units is now down to 59%. A change of use would therefore be contrary to policy TCR3 ‘Protection of Shops  in  Town  Centres’  above.    It  is  however considered that the Inspector’s decision of a previous appeal (APP/Y5420/A/09/2113316) for a change of use of the above premises to A5 overrides this principles as in it, it was noted that the retail function would not be harm by the proposed change of use. It would then be appropriate to grant permission for the change of use.


Which demonstrates a number of things:

1) the extent of the discretion planning officers exercise in making recommendations

2) the probable fear of the expense of being taken to an appeal and losing

3) the influence of the fact that Kingfisher Travel vacated the site absolutely ages ago

4) the extent  to which the 65% guideline has now been breached

For myself I'd rather have Riley's.

I also suspect that the huge advertising hoarding above the estate agent's is in breach of both planning regs and the estate agents' code of conduct


Tags: Rileys, cafe, estate agents, restaurant, retail

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Sounds like the "Subway" argument I mentioned  whereby selling food and drink with seats for people to sit at and eat does not constitute a restaurant!!!

How depressing, Crouch End really needs another Estate Agent.

It's nice to have an ice-cream parlour to go to with the kids locally.

What a shame for a budding entrepreneur.

Years ago when I was a child there was an iceream parlour on Park Road called Davilles 32 Flavours! It was the most exciting place to go! Peanut butter icecream!

Please don't close it down....

I don't think there's a danger of it being closed down. Seems that they applied for the wrong type of permission or the planning department mistook what they were applying for. Bit of a fuss about nothing - I hope. Still, it made the papers and got everyone chattering so no harm done eh?


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