Brighton and Hove News »Future of Brighton’s take out is uncertain after planners intervene
The future of a family take-out van is uncertain after owners were asked to apply for building permits.
The Cambodian food van was trading from the driveway of the family home at the bottom of Coldean Lane in Brighton.
Brighton and Hove City Council issued an execution notice in March because the company was operating without a building permit.
And officials recommended that the council’s planning committee reject the planning request that has since been submitted.
They said a hot take-out conflicted with the character of the neighborhood and was an “incongruous addition to the residential setting.”
Company owner Meyley Pitman contacted the board before starting the business and said she was told she did not need a food trade license as the van was on private land.
Ms Pitman also said in her planning application that she was not told she had to apply for a planning permission and had started her business “in good faith”.
She said Wild Flour Pizza in Ovingdean was an example of take out in a mixed residential neighborhood.
And, she said, Coldean Lane was not “traditional and quiet” as there was take out and a pub just down the road.
The council refused to grant the building permit for Wild Flour Pizza, but it was approved on appeal.
Ms Pitman said: “The appeal program involved take-out operating from a building with an outdoor oven and seating.
“Hot take-out (at Coldean Lane) is less intensive, with a small trailer providing cooking and serving facilities, with no guest seat available.”
Ms. Pitman serves food from the van three evenings a week from 4 to 9 pm and added, “Cambodia Kitchen has proven to be very popular with the local community and is only a part-time operation.
“I want to continue serving the local community that I love on weekends if the board allows me. “
The board received eight objections to its planning request and 14 supporting emails and letters.
One opponent, whose details were redacted by the council on its website, said: “I’m all for the company, but this will open the floodgates for others.
“We already have a traffic problem at the junction of Coldean Lane and Park Road during rush hour, where vehicles park on the yellow lines to access businesses.
“This property is only a stone’s throw away and would only exacerbate the problem. This end of Coldean Lane already looks run down due to student accommodation (HMO).
“And the people lining up to get food in a portable trailer isn’t something you’d expect to see in someone’s backyard.”
One supporter, whose details were also redacted by the board, said: “I use the food van sometimes and it’s quiet, noise-free, odorless and a great healthy food option that I’m so happy about. he is there.
“It’s a very small business that seems to have a customer every half hour. It’s so quiet but they are busy. This is ideal for a part-time option and a great asset to Coldean.
The council planning committee is scheduled to meet at Hove Town Hall at 2 p.m. next Wednesday (December 1). The meeting should be posted on the council’s website.