A FORMER newsagents is set to be turned into a cocktail bar – if planning permission for a change of use for the property is granted. East Staffordshire Borough Council has received a planning application for the change of use of the former JS News at 3A High Street in Uttoxeter from a newsagents to a licensed bar. In the Design and Access Statement, which accompanies the planning application, a representative of the applicant said: “The building that is the subject of this application was until April (2019) a long-established traditional newsagent.
“The owners of the business have retired and, primarily due to the large number of newsagent outlets serving the town, it was not possible to find someone to take over the business.
“The High Street of Uttoxeter, like most up and down the country, is changing as more and more people rely upon the internet and the supermarkets for their daily requirements.
“Notwithstanding the fact that there are a number of licensed premises in the centre of Uttoxeter, the new building owner has identified a gap in the market for a specialist cocktail bar. “This gap has been identified by a competitive survey undertaken by the prospective licensee of the building.
“A business plan has been drawn up which demonstrates the viability of the proposal.
“There is no direct competition to the proposal in Uttoxeter and number 3A High Street sits outside the ‘Impact Zone’ for bars/licensed premises.”
The spokesman also said that the proposal does not require any specialist structural alterations and the existing structure, subject to some minor internal additions, will provide a building fit for purpose.
They added: “The proposal will not involve alteration to the frontage although it is proposed to introduce an internal doorway arrangement which will give the effect a traditional frontage/entrance in accordance with the ESBC High Street/Market Place Policies.”
If the proposals for change of use are passed by ESBC, the new cocktail bar is set to provide one full time and three part time jobs.
Opening hours of the new venture are set to be Tuesday and Wednesday 3pm-10pm; Thursday 3pm-11pm; Friday and Saturday 12.30pm-midnight and; Sunday 12.30pm-10pm.
To see the full application, go online to the East Staffordshire Borough Council’s website.
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