Tattoo parlour plans backed despite concern over impact on village

PUBLISHED: 13:18 09 January 2019 | UPDATED: 08:46 10 January 2019

42 Chapel Hill in Stansted in July 2017, where the new tattoo business will be.

42 Chapel Hill in Stansted in July 2017, where the new tattoo business will be.

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Plans for a new tattoo parlour in Stansted Mountfitchet have been approved, despite some residents claiming that the "clientele" of the business would be "detrimental" to the historic nature of the area.

Chapel Hill residents lodged objections to a planning application to turn a vacant shop on the street into a tattoo business.

One resident, Carole Lambert, said: “I am concerned that this proposal will have an adverse effect on the value of the properties on Chapel Hill should any of the residents wish to sell in the near future.”

Robert Robinson also objected and said a tattoo parlour would create an “unsafe and inaccessible environment where disorder and the fear of crime and disorder would undermine quality of life and community cohesion”.

However, other residents were quick to show their support for the business and Stansted Parish Council also commented on the plans to say there were no planning grounds to justify opposing the application.

Writing to the district council, resident Faye Dixon said she was delighted to see a new business moving in.

“I’m delighted that more business other than food establishments are venturing into the local area,” she said. “Bringing people into the area is fantastic. The customers they bring in will use the local businesses and support the local car park. It is so nice that a new business has the possibility to offer so much.”

Others wrote to the council to say they thought it was a “brilliant idea” and a “good addition to the community”.

Newport resident Barry Taylor supported the application and wrote: “I wholeheartedly support this venture. Tattoos are not a cheap hobby for people and I would hope it will [be] a good addition to the local economy and may include the possibility of offering employment too.”

Seb Dixon added: “Excellent idea. We need to diversify business in Stansted away from cafes, convenience stores and takeaways. This should breathe a little life and creativity into the area.”

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