Councillors can’t stomach hot food plan

Manny Hussein
Manny Hussein

A businessman’s bid to open a hot food takeaway close to his popular Newarthill general store has been rejected by councillors.

Manny Hussein wanted to convert an empty shop at 56 Carfin Road into two units, one being a takeaway.

He told North Lanarkshire Council these would ‘complement’ the Nisa shop he already owns at 72 Carfin Road.

The council’s planning committee heard three residents objected. They claimed the development would lead to more traffic and driveways would be blocked.

They also predicted a takeaway would mean an increase in noise, smells and litter. The objectors claimed there are already three fast food shops and a burger van in the area.

Mr Hussein has won a string of awards for his Newarthill and Bellshill shops. His representative addressed the committee last week as did the objectors.

Planning officials recommended approval of the development, saying they believed parking spaces and turning facilities were adequate. They pointed out that homes would be screened from the car park.

The committee was reminded that concern over too many takeaways is not a planning issue. In any event, given the location, planners didn’t think another hot food outlet would have a ‘significant’ impact.

However, councillors voted 12-5 against the proposal.

Afterwards Mr Hussein declined to comment on the decision, saying only: “You win some, you lose some.”