Delivering More Than Just Pizza
While Domino’s stores do need A5 planning consent, we are very different from many of the other takeaways on the high street.
All Domino’s products are freshly prepared and baked in an oven. Our stores do not include fryers.
Much has been made in recent months about the location of hot food takeaways in relation to local schools. As a company, we are happy to work with local authorities to help them achieve their objectives through robust but fair planning conditions. We already have several sites with a condition on the planning consent that means the shop can only sell pizza and ancillary products.
Other issues that frequently arise in planning applications include concerns around litter, anti-social behaviour, traffic problems and smells. Around three quarters of our orders are for delivery to our customers’ homes, which avoids people congregating in the store and means there is no risk of litter. In a Keep Britain Tidy survey in 2009, carried out in 10 UK cities, not one piece of Domino’s branded litter was found.
The nature of pizza also deters the product from being eaten in the street because of the size, temperature and consistency, which again reduces the instances of litter being irresponsibly discarded when the product is eaten.
We are happy to work with highways officers to ensure there is adequate parking and access for our delivery vehicles and we will always act in a responsible manner in terms of reducing the noise from our drivers and vehicles. As a result of these measures, we do not have an adverse impact on the neighbouring properties.
The nature of our product leads to the smell from a Domino’s store being more akin to that of a local baker and, in addition, we use a very high specification of ventilation and extraction.
A Domino’s Pizza store is an addition to the local community. We offer well-run businesses, providing employment and structured career paths for local people, as well as support for the local community.
At Domino’s Pizza we are happy to discuss any concerns local authorities might have, in advance of the planning process, and in many cases we can accept planning conditions that would be untenable for many A5 operators.