Propsed new restaurant would ‘significantly improve’ area’s vitality
ANOTHER restaurant is on the menu for Beaconsfield after plans to replace two shops were submitted.
If approved the site would see a window showroom and disused car repair workshop – which compromises around 75% of the site – replaced with the eatery.
MSC Planning Consultants submitted the change of use application for Gregories Road on Thursday July 28.
In the design and access statement, the consultants say the workshop has been vacant ‘for some time’, and argue that as an empty unit it is ‘currently detracting from the locality’.
It adds: “The site currently has very limited presence on the street frontage, as it is set back behind a covered canopy.
“The site is therefore not visually prominent.
“In fact the proposal will significantly improve the street frontage by improving the glazing facing Gregories Road and introducing a seating area at both ground and first floor. This will improve the vitality of the area.”
But there is already a restaurant directly opposite the proposed area and a number of other restaurants within the vicinity.
Plans for a summer seating area at ground and first floor are included within the application but on site parking is deemed to be unncessary.
In summary the statement adds: “The proposal would bring back into use an empty car garage/repairs and would add to the vitality and viability of the area through the restaurant use.
“This would be enhanced by improvements to the existing shop frontage and establishment of an outdoor seating area at ground and first floor.
“This would create more activity in this fringe location on the secondary proposed also shopping frontage.
“The proposed restaurant is considered an appropriate main town centre use in the NPPF and the proposal complies with Policy 23 in seeking to promote the competitiveness of centres.
“The development is therefore considered acceptable in principle.”