Teignmouth is set to get its first Domino’s Pizza.
Planners approved turning the derelict One Stop shop on Bitton Park Road in the seaside town into a takeaway.
Teignbridge District Council planners voted in favour of changing the use of the old Dillons convenience store/One Stop shop from a shop to a takeaway.
The building is currently vacant and in a state of disrepair, and has been so since the Tesco store was constructed in 2008.
No details as to who the applicants are were revealed at the meeting on Tuesday morning, and the report to the committee stated that no end user is presently mooted.
But a document issue register submitted with the planning application say that the Domino’s Pizza Group are the client.
The takeaway would be open 11am to 11pm, seven days a week, and was recommended for approval by officers.
Local resident Dorothy Dawson thought tore into the plans, calling them ‘insane’ and saying it was a ‘stupid application’.
She said: “Teignmouth already has more takeaways that the national average so we are not short of takeaway food, so why do we need another one? Already the horrible smell of stale vegetable fat purveys over Teignmouth. You get rats, rubbish, seagulls, and our drains are blocked by the fat.
“Fast food shops are not what we want. They are horribly, we should get rid of them, they a5re contributing to the obesity crisis and it is a stupid application.
“Bitton Park Road is a badly polluted area and people will stop there to get food and hold up the traffic, making it worse. Instead they should walk to the supermarket, buy some healthy food, and cook a meal at home. This application is insane.”
However, Nick Davies, Teignbridge’s Business Manager for Strategic Place said it was not the job of planning committee to stifle competition, while Cllr Rosalind Prowse said that morals were not a planning consideration.
She added: “The building is an absolute disgrace and anything would improve it. It is not for us to say that there are too many takeaways or people shouldn’t eat this kind of food. Whatever our moral feelings may be, anything will improve this building, and there is nothing for us a planning committee to not to go forward with this.”
Cllr Phil Bullivant added that the existing building, which has been vacant and in a state of disrepair since 2008, is not a good advert for Teignmouth, while Cllr Charlie Dennis said that he didn’t think that issues of traffic or parking would be a problem.
The plans, which were approved, will see the building change from the old Dillons convenience store/One Stop shop, opposite the Tesco, become a hot food takeaway with internal alterations to form a moped garage in the basement.