Residents lodge protests over ‘concentration’ of cafe bars

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Councillors will meet next week to decide on controversial applications to turn two more shops on Hull’s popular Newland Avenue into bars and eateries.

Officers are recommending approval of plans to turn the former Herons frozen food store at 58-60 Newland Avenue, which is in the same block as Larkins bar, and opposite Sleepers, into a cafe bar, despite protests.

However they recommend refusal of a separate application to turn the former Tony’s Textiles shop, at 185 Newland Avenue, which is also standing empty, into a restaurant.

Both applications have attracted objections – 292 letters in the case of Tony’s Textiles and 69 for the Herons store.

Newlands Residents’ Association says the plans for the Herons store will result “in an intense concentration of cafe bars”, which will also impact on residents living nearby.

Residents say plans for Tony’s Textiles will turn Newland Avenue into “another Princes Avenue”, an evening leisure destination rather than a shopping street, causing more disturbance for locals at night.

Officers recommend refusal of the Tony’s Textiles application on the grounds that it would impact nearby residents.

However they back the application for the Herons store, saying the impact on the “vitality and viability of the centre would not be such as to warrant refusal”. They also says there is no evidence another cafe bar will add to problems of anti-social behaviour in the area.

The meeting will be held at Hull Council next Wednesday.