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York Way kebab take-away refused planning permission

October 1, 2010

The Sorriso Kebab take-away at 2B York Way was refused planning permission by Islington Council on Thursday evening, 30th September.

The kebab take-away has been operating without a planning permission since December 2009 . The owner submitted an application following enforcement action triggered by Caledonian Ward Councillors.

The applicant wanted to regularise the change of use from a cafe to a hot food takeaway; he sought permission to use a garish backlit sign (see picture); and to trade until 2am each day.

Paul Convery attended the subcommittee meeting and made the case against the planning officers’ recommendation which was to approve the application. Paul argued that the shop presents a poor image in an area that has managed to shake-off most of its reputation for sleaze. But he warned the subcommittee that, although Kings Cross was “recovering from its old image, the recovery is still fragile”. He also said that the takeaway is causing nuisance from passing trade at late hours and was contributing to a worsening litter problem on York Way.

The planning subcommittee split down party lines with the 4 Labour members voting to refuse permission and the 1 Lib Dem member arguing to grant permission but with reduced opening hours.

** UPDATE 25-3-11 The leaseholder appealed the decision and a planning Inspector supported the Council’s refusal. Click here for the Appeal decision letter.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Stephan Schulte permalink
    October 2, 2010 9:16 am

    Paul,

    Thanks to you and your colleagues for standing up for the neighbourhood over a foolish developer who thought he could work the system.

    This is a win for the idea of “re-generation” being directed by those who actually live in the area.

  2. seanmurrayuk permalink
    October 2, 2010 3:06 pm

    Paul – a massive thanks from all in Regent Quarter.

  3. Sue Cartwright permalink
    October 3, 2010 11:02 am

    Well done Paul and Labour Councillors for winning this fight. KX previous sleazy appearance and reputation has been well documented and it will take decades to live it down. This decision will set a precedent for the future.

  4. Anne Frankie permalink
    November 8, 2010 11:46 pm

    KIngs Cross sleaze reputation will not change by penalising one small business!!! There is big fast food next door which has its hours extended till 5 o’clock in the morning and opening again at 6!!! but as I understand THAT contributes to positive KX image….well, nothing to say…this must be the family-oriented business then because no one questions their existence on Regents Quarter…..as well as numerous night clubs (Scala and Egg) which are a profound addition to re-generating the image as previously mentioned. The Kebab shop I understand adds many negatives to the area but taking the surrounding into accounts that leaves lots of questions!maybe it is easier to victimize small business instead of the huge one?????

  5. April 1, 2011 9:09 am

    Islington Council’s decision has now been upheld by an appeal inspector. The kebab cafe operator appealled against the refusal and, on March 22nd 2011, an Inspector published his decision which supports the Council’s original refusal.

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