New Thompsons Taxis office opens in Newbottle after Sunderland City Council u-turn
A new taxi booking office is “open for business” after winning planning permission from Sunderland City Council.
Earlier this year, proposals for the office, at Unit 1, Rydean Works, were turned down over noise fears.
The area, off South Street, in Newbottle, houses a range of businesses.
However, plans for the taxi office were stalled after an objection was lodged from a neighbour raising fears about noise and litter.
In their decision notice, council planners said the proposals would result in “unacceptable levels of disturbance” to nearby residential properities.
They also raised concerns about the plans creating “an intensification of the comings and goings on site” due to a nearby takeaway.
After the plans were rejected on April 12, taxi bosses handed out questionnaires to neighbours to gather feedback.
And a revised application, submitted to the council days later, was given the final go-ahead in June.
Owner of Thompsons Taxis, Elsdon Thompson, welcomed the council u-turn.
“I was over the moon when we got it through, we’re now open for business,” he said.
“An objection was put forward but we have always said we don’t want to create a disturbance at all.
“Its important to say we’re not a taxi rank, we’re a private hire booking office.
“Newbottle is a massively expanding area and lots of houses are being built here.
“There is a real opening for a reliable taxi service. ”
He added feedback from residents said the business would benefit the local area.
While council planners approved the application, this is subject to a restriction to reduce potential disruption late at night.
In action, the premises must operate as a telephone/computer based booking office after 10pm, with no cars allowed to stop at the site.
A planning report concludes: “It is considered that the current proposal by virtue of an enforceable condition limiting taxis on site after 10pm is an acceptable form of development which would not cause unacceptable harm to the amenities of the occupiers of the adjoining properties.”