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Neighbours object to new fish and chip shop in Highgate

Brookfield Tenants and Leaseholders Association opposed to change at Carob Tree restaurant

04 February, 2019

A PLAN to turn a Greek restaurant into a fish and chip shop has led to objections from neighbours in Highgate.

The Town Hall is considering an application to change the Carob Tree, on the corner of Highgate Road and Swains Lane, formerly the Duke of St Albans pub.

Officials considering the request have been sent a letter by the nearby Brookfield Tenants and Leaseholders Association – which represents people living in a nearby block of mansion flats – asking for the switch to be rejected.

“This is a quiet neighbourhood,” the letter said. “The existing eateries currently wind down at around 9.30 to 10pm in the evening. With a closing time of 11.30pm a fish and chip shop would inevitably cater to a much later and transient clientele with noise and pollution issues. It would change the quiet nature of the neighbourhood and an opening time of 11am would almost certainly attract students from schools for lunches.”

The application says the facade would be altered and a new flue installed on one side of the building.

The owners did not respond to New Journal requests for comment, but in their application they say the new shopfront will be “a high quality of urban design”.

A new door would be created to improve access and they add it will be “in keeping” with “existing rhythms, symmetries and uniformities in the townscape”.

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