A FAST food chain has been given the go-ahead to deliver pizzas until 2.30am seven days a week.

Dominos Pizza, on North Road, Durham, had been allowed to serve takeaways and home deliveries until 11.30pm Sunday to Thursday and midnight Friday and Saturday.

Bosses wanted permission to stay open until 2.30am for deliveries only.

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Initially, seven residents and two businesses objected, wrongly believing Dominos wanted to serve takeaways until the early hours.

James O’Neill, general manager of The Bridge Hotel, said Dominos was already a ‘public nuisance’ and its residents struggled to sleep over noise from outside.

In a letter to Durham County Council, he wrote: "I hope that you will seriously consider the reputation of the city... when considering this entirely unreasonable application."

Partners in Hair said it had problems with drunks and vandals visiting the takeaway and ‘making a racket and damaging property’.

However, at a mediation meeting, it was made clear the extended licence would be for deliveries only and Nick Reynolds, Dominos area manager, agreed to further measures to combat anti-social behaviour, rubbish and noise.

This led to all objections being withdrawn before the council’s licensing committee debated the issue on Tuesday.

Sitting at Chester-le-Street Civic Centre, Councillors John Shiell, Bob Alderson and Bob Arthur granted the application.

Coun Shiell, the committee chair, said Dominos had agreed to: · Ensure all future leaflets and menus made clear the new terms of the licence; · Continue its efforts to be more respectful to its neighbours; · Instruct staff to arrive for and leave work quietly and pick up litter outside the premises; and · Make the contact details of Gary Reid, the franchisee, available to local residents.

Blinds will be drawn when the shop is closed to takeaways.

Coun Shiell said: "At any time a licence can be reviewed and if members of the community feel the licensee isn’t fulfilling the licence there are facilities for the public to contact either environmental health of the licensing department at the council and make a suitable complaint.

"In an extreme situation, this could lead to a review of the licence."