Cllr Elderton referred to the two premises within forty metres and the “demonisation of chip shops”. Cllr Salter picked up on the secondary school within four hundred metres.
Matthew Rushton responded by stating that the four hundred metres separation distance to secondary schools was a reference to a policy in place in Barking & Dagenham. Barking and Dagenham did have a policy of not having this sort of use within four hundred metres of a secondary or primary school. This was because they had different supplementary guidance, but there was no change on Wirral. In respect of the flue to the property, the forty metres separation distance referred to noise and disturbance, not environmental health. There was a condition that the applicant would have to come up with a written scheme which covered the likelihood of flue odour problems. How it affected the character of the area and the numbers of other similar uses was a subjective issue. He said although Liscard had been identified as part of the Neighbourhood Development Plans, this was at an early stage and not material.
Cllr Glasman said she sympathised with Mr. Hale and the ward councillor. She said a greater number of hot food takeaways and chip shops would be competing for a slice of the cake. She thought they were already full.
Cllr Elderton said they weren’t to get involved in commercial viability. He asked about the proliferation of facilities.
An officer replied that they could take consideration of the overall numbers of restaurants, takeaways and public houses in the immediate surroundings.