This concerns people living around Queen Elizabeth St.
Planning application 11-AP-3053 has until the 18th Nov for objections.
There is a proposed change of use of Unit 18, The Circle from class A1 retail to a 24Hr mini-cab office.
My principal concern, having read the documents is that, although the applicant states that there is to be no parking of vehicles and that the office will be used for dispatch only, there is no means of enforcing this properly once planning consent has been given.
The proposed office is quite excessive for a 'dispatch only' office, being a reasonable sized shopfront with space for waiting customers. The applicant makes no mention of the potential for customers to visit the office, yet this must be his intention given the location. This will attract people to the office, quite probably drunk from the nearby restaurants and bars.
The likely disruption and noise through the night will make life intolerable. In addition Queen Elizabeth Street is a narrow road, densely built up with apartment blocks rising to 5/7th floor level on both sides of the street. There must be in the region of 500 apartments likely to be disrupted by the proposed change of use.
24Hr mini cab offices are associated with noise from people slamming doors, engines starting, talking and smoking outside. There will be an increase in traffic in the street which has several very poor visibility turnings, and the pollution associated with the additional traffic, running engines etc is highly undesirable in such a densely residential street.
There is no 'utility' to having a mini-cab office in this area. there is another one a road a way in Dockhead and numerous black cabs. Finally, the residential heart of Shad Thames is quite inappropriate for a mini-cab office and the proposal should be rejected in line with the protection of the environment of this area.