Food unit at Belper Royal Mail could be ‘contrary to policy’

Councillors are to consider taking enforcement action following complaints about a catering unit next to the Royal Mail delivery office in Belper.

In May 2012, several angry residents contacted Amber Valley Borough Council after a smaller mobile catering unit on Goods Road was replaced with a much larger static unit, which they claimed might be in breach of planning regulations.

The new unit remains in the same place day and nightwith customers now being served at an internal counter and then being able to sit inside to consume food and drink.

External alterations have also taken place, with a permanent slab and storage unit for gas being installed on the pavement, together with a generator, litter bin, chairs for customers, mops, buckets and a set of steps to gain access into the unit.

The site is within Belper & Milford Conservation Area and the Derwent Valley Mills Worlds Heritage Site.

Now, councillors on Amber Valley Borough Council’s planning board are to consider whether to serve an enforcement notice on the owners at a meeting on November 19.

A report to the council said: “It is unlikely that officers would recommend that planning permission be granted, on the basis that the proposals are contrary to saved policies.”