Llanelli tea room plan set for approval despite neighbours' objections
PLANS to turn a Llanelli newsagents into a village café and tea room look set to be approved next week, despite neighbours' objections.
Two petitions have been signed by 78 people opposing Ian Jones' application to change the use of the convenience store and newsagents on Luton Terrace.
Twenty-six residents have also written to Carmarthenshire Council with concerns over the proposal.
They fear that traffic and parking would increase along the street, which could impact on highway and pedestrian safety – particularly near Furnace School.
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Neighbours have also argued that a previous application for a change of use to the premises to a hot food takeaway was refused, and that the same should apply to a café.
They added that the proposal was not appropriate for a residential area, and that there were already two pubs and a hotel nearby.
Carmarthenshire councillor Sian Caiach has also objected to the plans.
But in a report recommending the plans are approved, a council officer said it was unlikely the number of visitors to the premises would increase under the new use, and that the likely longer duration of stay would mean customers would park more safely elsewhere, rather than on the double yellow lines at the front.
It added that although a previous planning application submitted for the premises was refused, the current proposal would not include a takeaway.
The proposed opening hours are between 7.30am to 6pm Monday to Friday, 7.30am to 6pm on a Saturday, and 9am to 4.30pm on a Sunday.
Carmarthenshire Council planning officers have recommended that the application is approved at a meeting on Tuesday.