A planning application has just been published for an orthodontic practice in the former Burger King premises in the High Street. This will set the council a challenge, for (we’re working from memory here) the council’s policy is to resist any change of use from retail in the town.
However, as the application points out, the National Planning Policy “…is that policies should avoid the long term protection of sites allocated for employment use where there is no reasonable prospect of a site being used for that purpose. Land allocations should be regularly reviewed. Where there is no reasonable prospect of a site being used for the allocated employment use, applications for alternative uses of land or buildings should be treated on their merits having regard to market signals and the relative need for different land uses to support sustainable local communities”. But we reckon this is pushing things a bit; the Burger King restaurant hasn’t been empty very long – possibly not long enough to prove that there is no reasonable prospect of a new retailer moving in.
But we’re also going to object to the application over a particular detail. In response to the question ‘Is any hazardous waste involved in the proposal?’ the applicant has answered ‘No’. Now, if the orthodontic practice is anything like the Eye’s dentist, we reckon that it will produce hazardous waste, if only in modest quantities. Have a look at https://bit.ly/2KfENNw where you’ll find some relevant information, including the instruction “Extracted teeth containing amalgam fillings should be segregated into a separate container. This container is usually supplied under contract from the company you use for hazardous waste.” So we reckon that a more accurate answer to the question should be ‘Yes’.