A former public house in the Moorlands is set to become a Domino’s Pizza takeaway – if change of use for the site is given the go ahead. A planning application has been submitted to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) for the “change of use from former public house to hot food takeaway, installation of extraction/plant equipment and other external alterations” at the former Alton Castle in Tape Street, Cheadle.
A former public house in the Moorlands is set to become a Domino’s Pizza takeaway – if change of use for the site is given the go ahead.
A planning application has been submitted to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) for the “change of use from former public house to hot food takeaway, installation of extraction/plant equipment and other external alterations” at the former Alton Castle in Tape Street, Cheadle.
Although the planning application nor the Planning and Heritage Statement, which accompanies the planning application, do not mention that it is set to be a Domino’s, just simply a hot food takeaway – the proposed plans’ graphics and details for the site do mention Domino’s on a number of occasions.
These such statements include: “Contractor to agree enclosure details with Domino’s when locations established,”and “Grease traps not required for Domino’s operation of premises (dry baking of pizzas,” as well as: “Internal finishes: All in accordance with current Domino’s specification.”
Applicant Mr Idnan Sabir has stated within his application that, if granted planning permission for the change of use, the site will employ ten full time and 15 part time staff members.
The application sets out the opening times as 10am until midnight Monday to Saturday, and 10am until 11pm on Sundays for the new takeaway.
In the Planning and Heritage Statement, which accompanies the planning application, a spokesman for the applicant said: “The application site comprises the ground floor of a vacant two-storey commercial building. The unit was previously occupied by the Alton Castle public house under use Class A4 (now Sui Generis) although it has been vacant for a significant period of time.
“External alterations demonstrate respect for the existing building and demonstrate high quality design through the use of colour scheme and materials which are sympathetic to those of the local area.
“A separate advertisement consent application will be made to display any signage.”
The statement author later writes: “Overall, it is considered that Cheadle is well served by public houses, and that the change of use to a hot food takeaway would not result in a conflict with Policy C1 of the Local Plan.
“In addition to this, the proposal is for a pizza takeaway and there will be no deep fat frying or other highly aromatic processes taking place on the site. Therefore, the odour levels produced from a pizza operator will be low in comparison to some food and drink uses e.g. Indian restaurants.
“It is considered that the proposed development would have no material and harmful impact upon the visual character and appearance of the street scene due to the well-presented and modern finish of the design proposal.
“External alterations to the building respect the defined architectural style and will add a well-presented, modern finish, thereby acknowledging and respecting the site’s prominent position when viewed from both Tape Street and Queen Street.”
They added: “The existing car park to the rear of the property provides ample off-street car parking opportunities for both delivery drivers and customers accessing the site to collect their orders.
“In addition, the site’s lawful use as a public house (Sui Generis) would have generated a similar degree of movements and parking demand as the proposed use.
“Overall, the development would not result in any detrimental impact in terms of parking or highway safety and is considered acceptable in highway terms.”
The decision on this change of use planning application is set to be made by SMDC.
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