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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
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....