A NEW RESTAURANT could be coming to a town centre, should planning permission be granted. Applicant Christopher Ward, who was born and raised in Cheadle for 22 years, is requesting to transform a former office in the Moorlands town into a “casual dining site.”
The application outlines plans to change Unit 4 in Market Place, which has been vacant since June 2019, into an eating venue that obtains a music and restaurant alcohol licence.
Proposals also state that a commercial kitchen would be installed in the “modern extension at the rear of the building.”
In a cover letter accompanying the planning application, Mr Ward said: “I have been working tirelessly in London, learning my trade in the restaurant business and for the last few years I came to the conclusion that when I was ready, to come back to Cheadle and open something that would benefit the town.
“Now I am 34-years-old and the yearning to return home is quite something and something I did not expect would be so overwhelming.
“The site in question has an amazing history and I feel that it could be a fantastic opportunity for not only myself, but also for the residents of Cheadle.
“The site once was a Market Tavern, so to bring that idea back but into the present, would essentially be my goal.”
His application states that Christopher wants to “open a restaurant that has an all-day offering from brunch to dinner,” describing the proposed location as “quirky” and a “perfect brunch spot.”
Within the cover letter, he confirmed that he was also seeking permission to build the commercial kitchen in the extension.
Within the planning application form, he said: “This extension was built previously, which would make the perfect location for a commercial kitchen.
“I also feel that this already built extension is not part of the Grade II Listed building in which I would like to house my restaurant.
“I am looking for ‘Listed Building Consent’ so that I can make Unit 4, Market Place, a cafe/restaurant that will boast its character features which has been covered up to make it an office space right now.
“It is my plan to get Listed Building Consent, so that I can achieve planning and change of use for my project.”
Christopher added: “The proposal will be to obtain a music and restaurant alcohol licence and during service the site will serve alcohol only with food and only play recorded music at a set level by the local authorities.
“But I would also like to iterate that I feel that the extension has been later added to the Grade II Listed building and I would not be altering the external image of this building whatsoever.”
The application form went on to state that, should the plans be passed, the venue would be open from 9am to 9pm from Monday to Sunday (as well as bank holidays), apart from Saturdays when the restaurant would close at 10pm.
Staffordshire Moorlands District Council is set to decide upon the application.
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