Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Rowlands Gill funeral parlour - new shop front

Gateshead Planning Committee has granted planning permission for a new shop front at 32 Station Road, Rowlands Gill. The premises have been taken over for use as a funeral parlour by Co-operative Funeralcare. It was previously used as a shop called Simply Drinks.

Issues were raised at the Planning Committee on 26th May, when the application was approved, about the change of use from a shop to funeral parlour. Officers explained that under current planning laws, the change was a "permitted development" which meant it did not require planning permission. The Committee agreed to approach the new government to ask for a review of planning laws to allow for planning permission to be required for change of use from a shop to funeral parlour in a residential area.

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