A new dessert shop in Walsall, Heavenly Desserts, has been given a stay of execution after planning chiefs chose not to refuse retrospective planning permission.
Despite only opening this week following a £200,000 refurbishment, Heavenly Desserts faced being shut down due to a number of planning concerns raised by officers.
But on Thursday (February 21) gave owner and applicant Zubair Mohiuddin the opportunity to address these issues before coming back to committee at a later date.
Heavenly Desserts is part of a national franchise and Mr Mohiuddin said he had ploughed all his money into the business and added he was advised that he would not need to apply for a change of use for the shop, which was last used as a garage repair shop.
Officers, however, told him he needed to obtain cafe classification for the business. They also highlighted concerns about disabled access into the premises, pollution control, parking provision and bin storage.
But the business was backed by a petition with more than 1,400 signatures and support from the neighbouring chicken take-away which said Heavenly would complement their business.
Mr Mohiuddin said he had moved from Derby to put all his money into opening Walsall’s Heavenly Desserts and refusing permission for this location would end the business.
He added they had already enjoyed roaring trade and he had so far taken on 30 local people in full and part time jobs.
Committee member and former chairman Garry Perry said he was against retrospective applications and felt there were too many variables against granting permission.
But Councillors Mohammed Nazir, Harbans Sarohi and Angela Underhill all supported the venture.
Councillor Nazir said: “This is something that is good for the area, creating jobs and boosting the local economy.”
Chairman Mike Bird told Mr Mohiuddin: “I think there is great support for this to continue – but not in its present form.
“You were ill advised by your agent and I hope the concerns that have been raised can be overcome.”
Officers will assess work carried out on the premises to address issues before the application comes back to committee for a final decision.
Source: Birmingham Mail