An appeal made by Albermarle Property Opportunities LLP to turn Crewe bowling alley into a string of restaurants has been rejected.
Inspectors appointed by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government visited the site at Unit 1 of the Phoenix Leisure Park, Dunwoody Way, Crewe on 21st March 2014.
The Inspectors report noted, Albermarle Property Opportunities LLP wanted to extend the existing Odeon Cinema in Unit 2 into Unit 1.
The proposed development included the change of use of part of Unit 1 to create 3 large restaurant units.
This change of use would contribute to the loss of part of an existing bowling facility, which is described as an important community asset by the Council.
It is used by many local people of different ages including the elderly, disabled persons and young people.
It was also noted by the Inspectors, that numerous letters and a petition from local residents, backed by their MP Edward Timpson, in support of the retention of the bowling facility, had been made.
These representations indicate that the existing bowling facility has a large and varied clientele from the local community.
The Inspector said:
“I undertook a site visit at 09:15 hours of 21st March 2014.
When inside Unit 1 was approached by several members of the public.
One member of the public enquired after the ongoing promotional event at the Lakeside Superbowl building.
I explained that I was unaware of the promotional event and that I was an Inspector undertaking a site visit for a planning appeal.
The Lakeside Superbowl building was fully operational with all bowling alleys, pool tables, the bar and many amusement machines in operation”.
Appeal Ref: APP/R0660/A/14/2211798 Lakeside Superbowl, Unit 1, Dunwoody Way, Crewe, CW1 3AJ
- The appeal was made under section 78 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 against a refusal to grant planning permission.
- The appeal was made by Albermarle Property Opportunities LLP against the decision of Cheshire East Council.
- The application Ref: 13/2529N, dated 17 June 2013, was refused by notice dated 1 October 2013.
- The development proposed is described as the change of use of part of building from Class D2 use to Class A3 use with external alterations to create individual glazed shop fronts to frontage and doorways to the rear and provision of ramped and stepped walkway to the north of the building to improve accessibility to the town centre.
The appeal was officially dismissed on 2nd June 2014.