Plan for “another” bookmakers in Great Yarmouth Market Place thrown out

YMCA charity shop in Market Place, Great Yarmouth. The shop could be forced to move if William Hill opens a bookmakers on the site. YMCA charity shop in Market Place, Great Yarmouth. The shop could be forced to move if William Hill opens a bookmakers on the site.

Monday, February 3, 2014
4:31 PM

Planning chiefs have been praised for listening to the people after refusing a scheme that would have seen Great Yarmouth become home to a third betting shop in the space of 200 yards.

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Officers at Great Yarmouth Borough Council threw out the application from William Hill to establish a bookmakers at 19 Market Place, just yards from Ladbrokes and BetFred, saying it would “compromise rather than improve the vitality and viability” of the town’s retail offering.

Their decision has been welcomed by neighbouring businesses who objected strongly to the plan, which would have forced the YMCA shop out of the premises.

Martin McCormack, practice director of Specsavers located next door to the proposed site, hailed officers’ decision.

“It’s very good that the council actually listens to what they (the people) want as opposed to just big, corporate businesses,” he added.

“I’m very happy as a local business owner and my colleagues and people who work here are very happy as local people, that the council has seen sense.

“Yarmouth needs a lot of things, another bookmakers isn’t one of them.”

In their refusal, officers said there were seven other betting shops within a five minute walk of the proposed site, meaning shopping diversity “would not be enhanced”, which they branded “unacceptable”.

They added the potential for having three bookmakers within 100m of each other may also have a “negative effect” within the Market Place and would not be encouraging choice and competition.

Mr McCormack said if William Hill re-applied to open the branch he would re-object.

The bookmakers chain, which already has a site in Regent Road, lodged an appeal against the borough council’s decision this week.

A spokesman said the firm had done a lot of research before submitting its bid and felt there was “demand” for another betting shop. They also said the new shop would provide five full time and one part time job.

Fran Edwards, manager of the YMCA, said since the planning application had been submitted, the charity had looked to relocate and the shop was set to move to premises elsewhere in the town.

■ What do you think to the council’s decision? Email EDPLetters@archant.co.uk with full contact details.

8 comments

  • "Planning chiefs have been praised for listening to the people after refusing a scheme......." Makes a change, rather than them following their own, self important, whats in it for me agenda

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    "V"

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Spooky you're wrong on this one. William Hill is better than YMCA in a variety of ways. One of which is William Hill pays rates and the other is it creates jobs. I also don't think the council should be dictating the market. Let William Hill open as many shops as they like as close as they like. If there is no need for another one it will close and the market will correct itself. People are also hypocrites because if they wanted to open up a chip shop next to another chip shop or a charity shop next to another charity shop that would be fine, but that principal doesn't extend to betting shops. I would be fine with getting rid of a charity shop because charity shops are a waste of space that don't pay council tax.

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    margery

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Wrong Nigel actually they do. The owner of the building still pays rates unless the owner gets a charity shop in which doesn't pay rates. Spooky who are you to say what people need. William Hill is a business with charts, graphs, and a plan. They wouldn't want to open another shop if they didn't see a need for one. Also you think by having one less betting shop people will just stop betting. Wishful thinking, the sort of people who hop from one betting shop to another would still find a way to place a bet even if we got rid of all the betting shops.

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    margery

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • Empty shops don't generate any council tax income either Margery.

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    NigelS

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • So Margery, I take it no-one in your family has a flutter on the horses or dogs or whatever is there to gamble on . Would you be happy to have a member of your family popping off to the betting shop, hopping from one to another putting £5, £10 or £50 down on a horse or dog and losing it all and then you have to scrimp to feed the family. I doubt it. No we don't need another betting shop, we have enough, along with the casino's and the bingo and the yet to be built casino on the seafront and the night club to be built in Regent Road will undoubtedly have slot machines to lose your money on as well. Don't you think that's more than enough.

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    Spooky

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Lynda I agree. At best its a small g. Margery I agree. What an interesting insight you have to “free market condition” Nigel despite the myth’s that persist. Margery is correct regarding empty shops paying taxes “rates” Nigel I also take issue with the puritan nonsense about gambling, clearly it can be a double edge sword, however Los Vegas was born from a pile of sand that no one wanted to visit. Similar humble beginnings to g Yarmouth don’t you think or maybe you don’t? I know which one I would visit. The only people who really objected to this were the other betting shops. Great victory for planning hmmm I think we might want to check to see who got the all expensed paid holiday in the planning dept

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    Paul Morley

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • Good for them, the council did the right thing, another betting shop is not required, William Hill should be happy to have one outlet already, they don't need another, just as the Market doesn't need it, what the market needs are decent shops, not somewhere to squander more money.

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    Spooky

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • Who cares anymore, Gt. Yarmouth is nolonger Great, the town is an empty filthy hole, it feels unsafe to be there now. Another betting shop would just add to the tacky town.

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    Lynda

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

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