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AJ's Kebabs still open for business and ready to fight planning decision Featured

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AJ's KEBABS at Hangar 88 is still open for business despite a refusal of planning permission, and its owners say they will keep fighting for its future.

Muzzy Guloglu, currently manager of the restaurant and takeaway in a static food van in front of M4 Karting near Hullavington, said the family-run business would be appealing against the decision made by Wiltshire Council' s planners.

"We’ve had hundreds of signatures on our petition. In addition, some of the reasons outlined do not add up at all. For example they mention how it will affect the traffic in the area - however Dyson have renovated several hangars just opposite our premises and are well on there way to get a factory up and running in order to build electronic cars which at the moment is bringing hundreds of contractors a day, and on completion will have in excess of 2,000 people working there a day," he said.

AJ's which sells kebabs, pizza, burgers and chicken, was set up off the A429 without planning permission. It has been operating since 2013 and now employs three or four people, as well as a few delivery drivers, Mr Guloglu said.

"We've had a few customers asking us what's going on. No-one really wants us to leave," he explained. "My parents are devastated, as I was, as we have settled down here and like the area."

The former mobile food van has been extended with decking and a ramp, a food preparation and storage area, customer seating, and an outside waste storage area.

Plans for a static food van with an extension and a car wash were refused once before, in December 2016.

In the planning application, the applicant suggested improvements to the 'haphazard' appearance of the food outlet by way of a repaint and cladding.

St Paul Malmesbury Without Parish Council raised objections to the recent application.

The council did not believe the proposed structure and materials either maintained or enhanced the listed building that sits immediately behind it, and that it generated extra traffic.

Wiltshire Council planners concluded it had a negative effect on the Hullavington Airbase Conservation Area, and caused an unacceptable increase in motorised journeys, which went against sustainable transport policy. For these reasons they refused the application.

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