PLANNERS have recommended a new pharmacy can be opened in a Doncaster conservation area, despite objections from some of the council’s own officers.
Other businesses in Thorne Road, near Christ Church, have also raised concerns about allowing the office premises to be converted into a shop.
Some fear it would attract drug addicts as well as those using a nearby rehab centre.
The premises are part of a pair of large semi-detached Edwardian properties within the Conservation Area and adjoin an accountancy firm and a dental surgery.
Doncaster Civic Trust and six local residents have objected and Doncaster Council’s conservation officer says the proposal would harm the character of the area, because of advertising signs and security shutters.
Another council officer pointed out that shops should be concentrated in the town centre where there are ample vacant retail units available.
He also backed residents who said it would affect their properties because of possible anti-social behaviour.
But planning officer Hannah Wilson has recommended councillors attending next Tuesday’s meeting of the planning committee should grant permission for the pharmacy.
Referring to possible problems with drug users, she says: “The users of such a service cannot be restricted by the planning department and it is felt no evidence of anti-social behaviour has been provided. The property is not surrounded by a heavily populated area, so it is felt it will not cause significant harm to residential amenity. Most of the neighbour objections have been received from Christ Church Terrace, with the nearest objector being about 90m away.”
If the committee grants consent the pharmacy will be open until 11pm Monday to Saturday and six hours on Sundays.