Pizza Hut takeaway plan for Welwyn Garden City music shop site

PUBLISHED: 10:00 07 March 2014

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An application has been lodged to turn a long-standing WGC music shop into a pizza parlour.

The plan, which would see City Sounds’ current site, in Wigmores South, become a Pizza Hut takeaway, is currently in the midst of a consultation period, which ends on March 12.

But last week City Sounds boss Bill Menzies said he had no plans to quit Welwyn Garden City and was eager to move to a more retail-friendly part of the town.

“We’re looking at relocating nearer to the town centre,” he told the Welwyn Hatfield Times.

And Mr Menzies revealed he was eyeing a spot nearer to the Howard Centre or John Lewis.

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The plan to install a Pizza Hut at the current City Sounds site raised concerns about a concentration of food outlets in the southern part of the town centre.

Councillor Helen Bromley, Welwyn Hatfield Council’s executive member for the environment, commented in the official planning documents to voice her concerns.

She wrote: “Will there be too many food retailers on this parade?”

The street is also home to a café and pizza takeaway.

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In order for Pizza Hut to move into the premises it would require a change of use from A1 (retail) to A5 (hot food takeaway).

A report submitted by applicant Southern Creations Ltd, on behalf of Pizza Hut, and added to the planning documents, claimed the change would benefit the town.

It listed six key areas where it would provide a boost.

These included providing a use for the site, reusing a vacant unit, creating 20 new jobs and that it would “complement the town centre being open in shopping hours and into the evening”.

The report also stated the external works on the new pizza parlour would “not result in any harm to the town centre”.

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