Concerns raised over plans to turn former charity shop into takeaway on Sheffield's Ecclesall Road

Authorities and a residents' group have raised concerns about plans to transform a former Sheffield charity shop into a late night takeaway.

Friday, 3rd January 2020, 11:45 am

Ata Izadi submitted an application to Sheffield Council to set up Soul Food, on Ecclesall Road, selling hot food from 11pm to 5am.

But a number of concerns have been raised about how the business would run.

A neighbour, on behalf of the Botanical Gate Community Association, said they want to see it open no later than 1am.

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Ata Izadi submitted an application to Sheffield Council to set up Soul Food, on Ecclesall Road in the premises that used to be home to the Sheffield Cat Shelter charity shop

"Our opposition to this application lies in the proposed hours of operation. Potential customers in the early hours are likely to come from clubs and bars in the city, with their social responsibility antennae somewhat dulled.

"Having walked along Ecclesall Road and into some of the densely populated adjoining streets, they will have finished their takeaways and seek to dispose not only of the packaging but also uneaten food. We are all too well aware of this process," said the neighbour.

Jonathan Round, environmental officer at the council, said: "I am concerned that nearby residents could potentially be affected by excessive noise disturbance from the use of the premises in the early hours."

He suggested a number of conditions and said Mr Izadi may have to apply for a change to the use of the building before being allowed to turn it into a takeaway.

Mr Round's recommended conditions included reducing hours to no later than 1.30am and carrying out a noise survey to inform works to minimise nuisance.

Mr Izadi said he had plans to prevent nuisance would shut windows and doors to keep noise to a minimum, ensure drivers turn off music and not honk their horns after 11pm and carry out litter picks throughout the daytime around the takeaway.

Officers said Mr Izadi had also been difficult to contact and failed to turn up for a site meeting.

Councillors are set to make a decision on the application on Tuesday, January 7 from 10am.