Fulwood residents object to hairdressers plan for bungalow

Posted on - 29th October, 2014 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, Fulwood, Greyfriars, Preston News
Marlborough Drive residents say the church and nearby hospital cause parking problems

Marlborough Drive residents say the church and nearby hospital cause parking problems

A road already plagued by parking problems from nearby Royal Preston Hospital faces additional pressure from a new hairdressers.


Amanda Smith has applied to change one room of 12 Marlborough Drive in Fulwood into a hairdressers and put in a new doorway.

The detached bungalow salon would operate from 9am to 5pm on Tuesdays to Saturdays.

Greyfriars councillor Stephen Thompson has called in the planning application so it is heard by the city council’s planning committee.

He says there is an “oversupply of hairdressers in the area and it would affect neighbours in the area.

Planning officers write: “The room, currently a snug, is at the front of bungalow facing Marlborough Drive. An external door would be installed to the projecting side elevation to form a direct access into the room to be used for hairdressing.

“The applicant wishes to work from home as a sole trading hair stylist and intends to work on an appointment only basis with clients from an existing customer base. The applicant states that there are no proposals to attach any signage to the dwelling.”

Seven letters of objection have been received saying the road is already congested due to hospital parking and events at Our Lady and St Edward’s Church which is on Marlborough Drive.

The plan is due for approval by the city council’s planning committee, officers wrote: “The proposal would be beneficial in allowing the occupier of the dwelling to work from home which would not be inappropriate in this
instance due to the nature and scale of the use which can be strictly controlled to ensure that it would not have any significant impact on existing residential amenities or on parking within the residential area. As such, the proposal complies with the relevant provisions of the development plan and there are no material considerations which outweigh this finding.”

Councillors will make a decision at the planning committee meeting on Monday 3 November at the Town Hall from 10am.

What do you think of the proposal? Do you live nearby? Let us know in the comments below

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