Papa John's pizza outlet approved in spite of 'too many fast food spots' protests in Hatfield

PUBLISHED: 18:34 13 April 2015 | UPDATED: 18:34 13 April 2015

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Controversial plans for a new pizza parlour in Hatfield have been approved - despite neighbours claiming there are already too many fast food outlets.

Last week a bid by Papa John’s to open in a former nail salon in Parkhouse Court was approved.

Eight objections and a petition were lodged ahead of the decision.

The petition said there are six food outlets in Parkhouse Court already, creating noise and traffic problems.

It also said rubbish being dumped in the area was another big problem.

Neighbour Caroline Clarke wrote: “We have more than enough food outlets in Hatfield.

“We are sick of the footfall, the mess and the related anti-social behaviour these businesses bring to the area.”

An application document submitted to Welwyn Hatfield Council stated: “By making use of an empty property, the proposed change of use will add footfall to the Parkhouse Court area, which is likely to result in additional activity and trade within the neighbouring units.”

Papa John’s says it expects the majority of orders to be home deliveries, but said customers and delivery vans would use one of the two public car parks in the complex.

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