Councillors concern permitting a change of use for a tattoo studio will result in the lack of a primary retail web site.
A request for a change of use of a Excessive Avenue store premises to permit it for use as a tattoo studio got here earlier than Fordingbridge City Council’s planning committee final week.
The constructing was beforehand a stationers and later a furnishings store. An utility for change of use for 23 Excessive Avenue has been put ahead to New Forest District Council (NFDC) by Lovingink Tattoos.
Councillor Edward Hale stated there was an objection submitted by a member of the general public who felt it was a primary web site that ought to be saved as retailers to draw guests.
Councillor Paul Anstey stated he believed there was a requirement to retain a sure proportion of A1 classed retailers. He stated there had beforehand been a change of use for a tattoo studio within the city, which had been deemed acceptable as a result of on the time it wasn’t getting used in any respect. Nonetheless, he added: “However how far do you go down swapping out all of your A1 retailers that you’re obligation sure to keep up in a excessive road and swap them out with not an A1?”
Councillor Diane Paton stated: “It’s a disgrace if we lose them however I don’t need empty retailers both.”
Cllr Hale added he was involved concerning the prominence of the proposed tattoo studio.
He stated: “My concern can be it’s got massive home windows whereas the opposite tattoo studio was only a single window. This can be a rather more distinguished store. “I’m involved they’ll be blanking off the home windows. I can’t see they’re simply going to be open.”
He stated there have been different empty retailers that the studio may go by which didn’t have massive home windows that will not have “such an affect on our excessive road”.
Councillor Anna Wilson agreed that the change would have an effect on the texture of the excessive road. She stated: “It will have a huge impact on the excessive road. It adjustments its character.”
Councillors voted to object to the appliance because of the lack of an A1 business property in a primary buying space. NFDC will make the ultimate choice on the appliance.