Shop owner’s anger over council letter

Hardeep Nagra outside Queens store Ilkeston.
Hardeep Nagra outside Queens store Ilkeston.

A businesses owner who has opened a new store in Ilkeston is fuming over a letter from Erewash Borough Council stating that he needs planning permission for his shop front.

Hardeep Nagra opened Queens Stores on Queens Avenue earlier this month.

He said the council had told him he needed planning permission for signs on the front of the shop, which is a general store but he did not think that was necessary.

He said: “I have opened shops up and down the country and never had a problem before.

“Now the council is saying I need to apply for planning permission.

“The signs aren’t illuminated they are over the windows and just advertise what the shop sells.”

Mr Nagra has run shops for 25 years and previously had stores in Leicester and Burton .

He spent £40,000 on re-fitting the store.

Ian Sankey, director for resources, and deputy chief executive at Erewash Borough Council, said: “The four advertisements cover the ground floor windows of the shop front and do require permission under national planning regulations.

“We have been in contact with the owner to inform him of the situation.”