The Poplar, Anderson and Drayton Road Residents' Group (PADRA) last night expressed serious concerns about plans to develop the site of the former New Talbot public house into a building which will include a fast-food takeaway, a restaurant for up to 80 people, and 10 apartments.
Councillor Bob Piper told the meeting that the fast-food takeaway is almost certain to be refused planning permission because it is contrary to planning guidance on new takeaways close to schools. Residents also expressed concerns about parking for the development, bearing in mind the numbers of staff who will be required to operate a restaurant of that size, as well as customers and residents of the flats. The area is already subject to limited evening parking as part of a residents' parking zone. They also voiced concerns about traffic management on a difficult and dangerous junction, and extraction fans from the site.
PADRA members are being urged to write to Sandwell Planning Department to express their concerns.