Keighley hair salon extension is approved by councillors

Hameed Islam

Hameed Islam

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Aire/Worth Valley Reporter

Extension plans at a Keighley hairdressers have been approved – despite objections from residents who claimed it could become a magnet for “intimidating young men.”

A barber’s shop on the corner of Skipton Road and Gale Street wants to spread onto a neighbouring yard and build a new glass-fronted salon.

And the application before Keighley and Shipley Area Planning Panel yesterday was recommended for approval, despite opposition from neighbours who claimed the shop would become a night-time haunt for undesirable men.

The first of ten anonymous objections said loitering was already an issue and stated: “The proposal will encourage more young men to congregate outside the premises intimidating passers-by, local residents and schoolchildren. This will also lead to more litter, particularly in the form of discarded cigarettes and alcohol bottles, which poses a threat to young children living in the area.”

Other arguments against the development claimed proposed opening from 8am until 10pm would lead to further anti-social problems.

The report noted: “The presence of groups of young men will lead to noise pollution and disturbance of the residents’ evenings and sleep.”

Shop owner Hameed Islam (above) said he was delighted with the result.

He said: “Youths do come along with a friend who is having a haircut and have sometimes stood outside, but now we will have a modern, bigger and up-to-date shop which will solve that and tidy it all up. There was never a serious problem.”

It was also alleged that during the festivals of Eid the business already operates as late as 4am.

But Bradford Council planning officers found there was no reason to refuse permission for the extension and noted: “The objection letters suggest that young men already congregate outside the premises and the fear is that if they are made larger these premises will become a more regularly used ‘hang-out’”.

“However the congregation of youths outside the premises appears to be an existing problem and is for other agencies to address rather than the local planning authority.”

The report said it was unclear why such a situation existed and it could not be demonstrated that “the modest increase in the size of the premises would worsen the problem.”

The report to councillors concluded that the extended premises would “not have a detrimental impact on the vitality of Keighley town centre” or an impact on the amenity of neighbours.

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10:22am Thu 13 Feb 14

Albion. says...

Why does a barbers need to open until 10pm?
Why does a barbers need to open until 10pm? Albion.
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4:42pm Thu 13 Feb 14

The Hoffster says...

Albion. wrote:
Why does a barbers need to open until 10pm?
Are you saying there should be a limit on *when* people can get their hair cut?

You're not very bright are you, Islamophobe ?

And I wonder if you were one of those that voted against the application....
[quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: Why does a barbers need to open until 10pm?[/p][/quote]Are you saying there should be a limit on *when* people can get their hair cut? You're not very bright are you, Islamophobe ? And I wonder if you were one of those that voted against the application.... The Hoffster
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5:00pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Bone_idle18 says...

10pm in a residential area where antisocial behaviour is already a problem could be seen by residents as an issue.

Christianophobe!
10pm in a residential area where antisocial behaviour is already a problem could be seen by residents as an issue. Christianophobe! Bone_idle18
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5:01pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Albion. says...

The Hoffster wrote:
Albion. wrote:
Why does a barbers need to open until 10pm?
Are you saying there should be a limit on *when* people can get their hair cut?

You're not very bright are you, Islamophobe ?

And I wonder if you were one of those that voted against the application....
I don't live near there and wasn't aware of the application. What I AM saying is that I wouldn't be too happy with this if I DID live near there. I know plenty of hairdressers but none of them are open until that time.
I find your comments about my intelligence highly amusing, especially considering the life controlling drivel that you claim to follow.
[quote][p][bold]The Hoffster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: Why does a barbers need to open until 10pm?[/p][/quote]Are you saying there should be a limit on *when* people can get their hair cut? You're not very bright are you, Islamophobe ? And I wonder if you were one of those that voted against the application....[/p][/quote]I don't live near there and wasn't aware of the application. What I AM saying is that I wouldn't be too happy with this if I DID live near there. I know plenty of hairdressers but none of them are open until that time. I find your comments about my intelligence highly amusing, especially considering the life controlling drivel that you claim to follow. Albion.
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6:29pm Thu 13 Feb 14

The Hoffster says...

Bone_idle18 wrote:
10pm in a residential area where antisocial behaviour is already a problem could be seen by residents as an issue.

Christianophobe!
Yes, 'could' be seen but not necessarily that it 'will' be the case. If it was, the application would have been rejected in an instant.

BTW, I believe in Christ so I'm hardly what you're alleging :)

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Albion wrote :

I don't live near there and wasn't aware of the application. What I AM saying is that I wouldn't be too happy with this if I DID live near there. I know plenty of hairdressers but none of them are open until that time.


Supply and demand. If people wish to get their hair cut at a particular time, who are you to stop them ?

As mentioned, if the planners don't regard this as an issue, then let it be.

I find your comments about my intelligence highly amusing, especially considering the life controlling drivel that you claim to follow.


When we all breathe our last, we'll see who was telling the Truth (and who wasn't) :)
[quote][p][bold]Bone_idle18[/bold] wrote: 10pm in a residential area where antisocial behaviour is already a problem could be seen by residents as an issue. Christianophobe![/p][/quote]Yes, 'could' be seen but not necessarily that it 'will' be the case. If it was, the application would have been rejected in an instant. BTW, I believe in Christ so I'm hardly what you're alleging :) -------- Albion wrote : [quote] I don't live near there and wasn't aware of the application. What I AM saying is that I wouldn't be too happy with this if I DID live near there. I know plenty of hairdressers but none of them are open until that time. [/quote] Supply and demand. If people wish to get their hair cut at a particular time, who are you to stop them ? As mentioned, if the planners don't regard this as an issue, then let it be. [quote] I find your comments about my intelligence highly amusing, especially considering the life controlling drivel that you claim to follow. [/quote] When we all breathe our last, we'll see who was telling the Truth (and who wasn't) :) The Hoffster
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9:17pm Thu 13 Feb 14

alive and awake says...

Barbers open untill 4-00am oh and on Sundays, anybody told these Barbers smoking is not allowed inside? Couldn't blame people for thinking these outlets were a guise for something else.
Barbers open untill 4-00am oh and on Sundays, anybody told these Barbers smoking is not allowed inside? Couldn't blame people for thinking these outlets were a guise for something else. alive and awake
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