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Papa John’s wins planning appeal for Tower Bridge Road takeaway

Papa John's can now go ahead and open a pizza takeaway in Tower Bridge Road after a government planning inspector overturned Bermondsey Community Council's decision to refuse planning permission.

Last December Bermondsey Community Council decided that the new takeaway at 168a Tower Bridge Road would be detrimental to the amenity of nearby residential occupiers due to increased noise and disturbance from delivery vehicles and customers.

Neighbours submitted 18 objections to the council and set up a Facebook group for their campaign against the pizza takeaway.

Papa John's appealed against the council's refusal of permission and planning inspector DJ Barnes has now published his final decision upholding the appeal.

The inspector ruled that "...the proposed development would not introduce a significant additional source of noise and disturbance which would materially alter the existing conditions along Tower Bridge Road".

He said that conditions on the planning permission to limit the takeaway's opening hours and preclude any seating for customers would help to protect living conditions for neighbours.

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