Council disappointment over Plumstead betting office ruling

Published Wednesday, 12 July 2017

The Council's planning refusal for a betting office in Plumstead has been overturned.

In an appeal decision on 4 July 2017, the Planning Inspectorate gave planning permission to William Hill Organisation Ltd for a betting office on Plumstead High Street. The Council had previously refused planning permission for a change of use at 107a Plumstead High Street, Plumstead.

The Council shares the disappointment of local residents that William Hill has won an appeal to open another betting shop in our borough. When this application was first submitted, the community were rightly concerned about the impact it would have on the High Street. They objected to the application, as did their ward councillors and their MPs. The Council then rejected the application twice.

The Council would like to apologise for the fact that the review undertaken by the Planning Inspectorate identified a number of weaknesses in our processes and the Council's planning service is taking active steps to address this.

We thoroughly accept that we did not defend our position robustly enough to the Planning Inspectorate at the Appeals stage.

In terms of the Council's position, we stand with the people of Plumstead and have stridently defended our position by refusing planning requests for new betting shops where we have had the legal grounds to do so. Indeed, the Council's lobbying of Government led to a change in the law so that betting shops are not automatically granted planning permission under an existing use class.

Betting shops are a blight on our town centres and high streets and we will continue to seek to stem their tide where we can do so. We have been working hard to address residents' concerns on Plumstead High Street and will continue to do so moving forward.

Visit the Planning Inspectorate website to view the decision

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