Foleshill Banquet and Conference Hall owners appeal decision to close it

The owners of a banquet and conference venue in Foleshill that is at risk of closing in a planning row say they are appealing the Coventry council decision.

The Welcome Banqueting Suite, located in former industrial units on Cromwell Street, saw a retrospective change-of-use request to allow it to continue operating rejected by the board’s planning committee.

The site is already the subject of a formal notice ordering it to cease its activities by January 5, 2016.

The 1,543 m² site has been on the market since 2010 and is widely used by both the city’s Hindu community and the community at large.

It has three rooms that can accommodate 150, 250 and 350 people and hosts public functions, charity events, birthdays, weddings, club lunches and other small events.

The latest change-of-use offer follows a similar request that failed in October 2014.

Site manager Umesh Panchal said, “We have received tremendous support from the community, including the local neighborhood, local temples, mosques and churches, community groups, counselors and our MP.

“We take pride in the service we provide to our customers and do not want to lose a large facility in Coventry, nor lose the employment opportunities we have created in the area.

“We are appealing the decision and hope they will reflect our commitment to serving the community and our willingness to oblige on all conditions, including the provision of better parking.”

“A petition is circulating and can be signed in support of our appeal and we hope we can fight to keep this place.”

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The app requested opening hours of 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

The site had pledged not to use all of the function rooms at the same time and said it had also made informal agreements with neighboring businesses for additional parking.

A submitted travel plan indicated that there were 19 on-site parking spaces with more available at a Hindu temple on Stoney Stanton Road and Coventry Tire and Autocare and Carpet Mill, both in Cromwell Street.

The application also proposed external modifications, including the addition of an aluminum facade cladding to the front of the building.

In all, four letters of objection and 18 letters of support were received.

The objections revolved around competition for street parking and noise pollution caused by loud music. Opponents agreed the facility was “good”, but said it should be located in another location with ample parking away from the accommodation.

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