By ANISAH ARIF
A planning application to transform the ground floor of a home into a beauty salon has been refused by the council.
71 Killinghall Road was submitted as part of a plan to see the frontage of the stone built house altered, creating an aluminium shop front.
However, the plan was refused by Bradford Council’s Bradford Area Planning Panel shortly before Christmas.
Planning officers had recommended the scheme be refused, saying the new frontage would “clash unacceptably with the existing domestic stone features of the terrace.”
A report to the panel added: “The principle of a commercial use in the middle of a terrace is unacceptable, partly because of the potential to generate noise and disturbance, particularly to adjacent dwellings.”
Applicant Mrs Mehjabeen told the panel she had hoped to move her business from further down the road into the house.
She gave an impassioned plea to Councillors to approve the application, despite planning officer recommending it for refusal.
She said the vast majority of her customers would walk to the business, and it would not cause traffic issues.
However members of the panel said they were more concerned over the idea of turning a mid-terraced house into a business, and the precedent it would set.
Chair Shabir Hussain (Lab, Manningham) addressed the applicant saying: “This is about how it will change this row of terraced houses. It isn’t you we have a problem with.This will change this property dramatically. You’ll have to find somewhere else, somewhere that we can pass for you. It is impossible for us to do that in this case.”
Councillor Rebecca Whitaker (Cons, Wharfedale) said: “Once you allow the frontage of that house to be changed it sets a precedent for people opening businesses in the middle of a residential street.”
The committee then refused the plans.