Kirkdale residents have been alarmed on being notified of a planning application for a food takeaway shop to replace Behind the Boxes in Kirkdale. Behind the Boxes is a second hand furniture shop filled with interesting curiosities. It is just a few doors up from Coastcutter north of the mini-roundabout. The loss of this shop will make damage the initiative to build the ‘Kirkdale Village’ concept of a small but individual collection of shops and busineses to make the area more attractive. This is a double blow after the closing of The windmill pub the previous week.
A problem for the application is the council policy to decline applications for takeaways within 400 metres of a school. 98 Kirkdale is around 100 yards from Kelvin Grove Primary School and only a little further from Sydenham School. Kirkdale is already well served with a collection of hot takeaways in Dartmouth Road as can be seen below:
There is a vigorous forum debate on the issue here: http://sydenham.org.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=10645
UPDATE 30/01/104: The planning application has been withdrawn.