A plan to turn the parlor on Heaton Street, Brampton into a mixed-use commercial and residential ice cream parlor was turned down by Chesterfield Borough Council last year due to parking issues.
As a result, the applicants, Mr and Mrs Mills, came back with new proposals for a separate residential area and a change of use to Class E commercial space, which would allow a wide range of uses for the property.
Speaking at a meeting of the council’s planning committee on Monday June 6, development management group leader Paul Staniforth said the separation of commercial and residential properties would be achieved via the blocking of interior doors.
He said the application had been recommended for approval on the condition that the premises be limited to hairdressers or small individual shops designed to “meet local day-to-day needs”.
President Susan Gadsby, who lives nearby, said hairdressers had been closed for at least five years and had not been fully operational for some time, commenting that in recent years the area had seen an increase traffic. , as well as adding a one-way pattern and double yellow lines.
She said that in addition to customers using the store, there would also potentially be staff looking for parking in what she described as a ‘very congested and difficult area’.
Assessing video footage of the road, Councilor Mick Brady commented, “This street has the same problems we all have.”
Members voted unanimously in favor of the application.