Councillor Jillian Creasy has written to the Sheffield Telegraph:
“The Coalition Government is bent on relaxing planning rules. A previous loophole has allowed supermarkets to open smaller “local” outlets in former pubs without the need for planning permission. Now new rules could allow pubs to become betting shops. We have also seen the first “Office to Residential Prior Notification” applications in Sheffield. This new initiative means most city centre developments won’t be consulted on or need Planning Committee approval provided they meet some basic criteria.
The proposed betting shop on Division Street does, however, require a “change of use” planning application. It will be difficult to stop but Common People and Division Street traders have outlined a strong case in line with the Devonshire Quarter Action Plan. Division Street is one of the few remaining streets with enough independent shops to make it a “destination”. I have objected, along with over 75 others so far, including Paul Blomfield MP. The application reference is 13/02613/FUL and I urge people to make their voice heard.”
Cllr Jillian Creasy, Green Party