|A Domino's Juggernaut|
When Domino's applied for planning permission in 2010, they were turned down by the Council who wanted to preserve a higher proportion of retail premises in the centre of Hedge End. That decision was overturned by the central Government inspector, but with the condition that "The use hereby permitted shall not undertake any cooking or be open to customers outside the hours 09:00 to 23:00 on any day."
They are now seeking to undermine that condition, not via the planning system, but through licensing. They are also doing it in August, a favourite month to sneak through unpopular changes as most people are thinking about summer holidays and not scanning the public notices sections of newspapers or council web sites.
Let's hope the council licensing team take into account that the centre of Hedge End is a residential area with children who have to get up for school, and with people who have to get up for work in the morning. They don't want the noise of delivery motorbikes and cars, or gangs of people on their way home from pubs and clubs hanging around buying pizza until three in the morning.
People wishing to support or object to the licence application have until 7th September to do so in writing.
Details of how to object are on the Council's web site: here.
The reference number for the licence application is 2012/00394/05EPRN.
The Eastleigh branch of Domino's has applied for a similar licence.