A planning application to convert a former letting agent on College Road in Bangor into a Papa John’s Pizza takeaway, has been refused by Gwynedd Council.

 

Planning for the proposed takeaway at 4 College Road, was refused because Gwynedd Planning Committee believed there would be an “unacceptable impact upon the character of the area and the amenities of local residents, through an increase in noise and general disturbance because of the traffic problems that would be created due to lack of parking in the locality.”

The pizza company was founded in the USA in 1984 and is now one of the most recognized Pizza delivery brands in the world. There are now over 5,000 stores in more than 40 international markets and territories with more than 400 stores across the UK.

Bangor is one of the target locations for Papa John’s with the planning permission seeking to operate from 11:00am to 11:00pm Sunday to Thursday and Bank Holidays and from 11:00am to 01:00am on Fridays and Saturdays, which would also operate a delivery service.

The applicant also said they wanted to make a significant investment (between £150-200k) into the property which they believed would have made a “positive impact” on the external appearance of the building, and in turn on the wider streetscape. If plans had gone ahead, up to 20 jobs could have been created.

Local Councillors had already objected to the proposal on the grounds there are too many similar outlets of this type in the area, claiming the development would cause traffic congestion and parking issues in an already congested area.

Bangor Councillors also said that “Due to the flats above and a potential take-away there may be refuse collection problems leading to a build up and potential health hazards or pests.”