Noodle Bar Opens Despite Planning Permission Refusal

Chopstix on the High Street was denied approval for extractor fans

A balloon arch welcomes customers to the new restaurant. Picture: Nicholas Austin

August 25, 2023

A new noodle bar has opened on Putney High Street this week without obtaining necessary planning permission.

Chopstix Noodle Bar at number 92 had a balloon arch outside but some residents were not happy about the opening.

There was opposition to a new takeaway restaurant in the unit, as it was felt retail businesses should have been preferred, but the council has confirmed the designation of the premises allows for the operation of a business serving hot food.

However, an application (2022/3027) made for the installation of replacement internal kitchen ventilation equipment consisting of an exhaust, vents and air conditioning condensers was refused by the council on 20 July. Nearly 100 people had objected to the application.

The proposal was to install extractor fans at the rear of the premises.

One of those opposing the application, Nicholas Austin, said, “It has made a complete mockery of the members of the planning committee and the planning process in Wandsworth.

“The local Thamesfield councillors have been working tirelessly to try and get the council’s enforcement department to take action, but they seem very reluctant to do so.

“The fact that all the equipment is even there is a breach let alone the fact that it has now been turned on and is pumping out hot air and cooking pollutants all across the residential areas and outside terraces of the High Street.”

Chopstix is a national chain with over 50 outlets across England and Scotland. It traces its origins to a stall in Camden Market and describes itself as the largest Asian inspired quick serve restaurant in the UK. It gets a significant proportion of its orders through mobile phone apps such as Deliveroo. It aims to serve customers who order in within one minute.

A council spokesperson said, “Planning permission is not required to use this unit as a restaurant because it does not constitute a material change of use; however one is required for the installation of the external ventilation system. An application for the external ventilation system was refused permission in July. This is the subject of an ongoing planning enforcement investigation. A new application has been received this week. In the meantime, Enforcement and Environmental Health officers continue to monitor the situation.”

We have asked Chopstix for a comment but are yet to receive a reply.

Like Reading Articles Like This? Help Us Produce More

This site remains committed to providing local community news and public interest journalism.

Articles such as the one above are integral to what we do. We aim to feature as much as possible on local societies, charities based in the area, fundraising efforts by residents, community-based initiatives and even helping people find missing pets.

We've always done that and won't be changing, in fact we'd like to do more.

However, the readership that these stories generates is often below that needed to cover the cost of producing them. Our financial resources are limited and the local media environment is intensely competitive so there is a constraint on what we can do.

We are therefore asking our readers to consider offering financial support to these efforts. Any money given will help support community and public interest news and the expansion of our coverage in this area.

A suggested monthly payment is £8 but we would be grateful for any amount for instance if you think this site offers the equivalent value of a subscription to a daily printed newspaper you may wish to consider £20 per month. If neither of these amounts is suitable for you then contact and we can set up an alternative. All payments are made through a secure web site.

One-off donations are also appreciated. Choose The Amount You Wish To Contribute.

If you do support us in this way we'd be interested to hear what kind of articles you would like to see more of on the site – send your suggestions to the editor.

For businesses we offer the chance to be a corporate sponsor of community content on the site. For £30 plus VAT per month you will be the designated sponsor of at least one article a month with your logo appearing if supplied. If there is a specific community group or initiative you'd like to support we can make sure your sponsorship is featured on related content for a one off payment of £50 plus VAT. All payments are made through a secure web site.