Domino's to open TWO new pizza places in Derby - are they near you?

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Pizza giant Domino’s will open two new outlets in Derby after plans were approved by councillors.

The takeaway chain has secured permission to convert a former taxi office in Alvaston and the ex-HSBC bank in Mickleover.

Applications for the two outlets were considered by Derby City Council’s planning control committee last night.

Both proposals attracted 17 objections from residents but councillors unanimously gave them the go-ahead.

In Alvaston, Domino’s applied to convert a former taxi rank at its district shopping centre.

This former taxi rank in Alvaston will now be converted into a new Domino's outlet

This former taxi rank in Alvaston will now be converted into a new Domino's outlet

Fergus Sykes, senior planner for Pegasus, agent for Domino's, told the meeting the proposal would generate full and part-time jobs.

He also refuted claims Alvaston has too many fast food businesses, insisting that just nine out of 69 units in the area were classed as “hot food takeaways”.

But speaking after him, UKIP councillor Alan Graves, who represents Alvaston, accused Domino’s of being “economical with the truth with their numbers”.

Mr Graves said: “There are 18 that can be identified as serving Alvaston in close proximity and I am being conservative with that figure.”

He went on to suggest the pizza chain – which already has an outlet in nearby Keldholme Lane - look elsewhere to open up another unit.

“If Domino’s or any other takeaway outlet want to set up in Alvaston, take over an existing takeaway establishment so that the number of takeaways are not increased,” he said.

UKIP councillor Alan Graves spoke out against the plans

UKIP councillor Alan Graves spoke out against the plans

“This application is not wanted, not needed and is not a positive addition to the district centre.”

Despite Mr Graves’ three-minute speech against the proposal, all 11 councillors on the committee voted to grant permission.

Conservative Robin Wood said: “It is not up to us to tell the people of Alvaston what they should have for their meals. If there is not the need for another takeaway, it will go out of business. It’s up for the market to decide, not us as a planning committee.”

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He added: “Bringing back an empty shop unit is a good thing and we should support it.”

Speaking afterwards, Mr Graves said he felt “very disappointed” at the committee’s decision.

He said: “We should be looking after the vitality of the district centre. It’s dying because of the number of takeaways and charity shops. People want better choice.”

In Mickleover, Domino’s applied to convert the now-closed HSBC, on the corner of Uttoxeter Road and Limes Avenue, into another pizza outlet.

Domino's has also won permission to convert this former HSBC bank in Mickleover into a new outlet

Domino's has also won permission to convert this former HSBC bank in Mickleover into a new outlet

Seventeen people lodged objections, with one person saying that having the popular takeaway chain in Mickleover “will dramatically bring down the area”.

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However, no-one spoke out against the plans at the meeting and the application was passed in under five minutes of discussion.