Plan­ners re­veal pro­posal to re­build town cen­tre res­tau­rant

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PLANS to ex­pand a res­tau­rant and build a new mini-su­per­mar­ket have been pre­sented to the com­mu­nity.

The own­ers of the Bay Leaf Lounge, on Welling­ton Road, want to de­mol­ish the cur­rent build­ing - the for­mer Wag­gon and Horses Pub - and re­place it with a new pur­pose built venue.

The new build­ing would house a Sains­bury’s Lo­cal on the ground floor with the res­tau­rant tak­ing up the first floor.

Emery Plan­ning, which is in charge of the ap­pli­ca­tion, is seek­ing the views of res­i­dents be­fore an of­fi­cial plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion is sub­mit­ted and res­i­dents views are in­vited be­fore Fri­day, July 24.

They say while the front of the build­ing has some at­trac­tive ar­chi­tec­tural fea­tures, it has been ex­tended over the years with unattrac­tive sin­gle storey ex­ten­sions.

The build­ing has also suf­fered from a lack of main­te­nance for a con­sid­er­able pe­riod of time and has been sub­ject to fire dam­age; some ar­eas are be­yond re­pair. The build­ing is also energy in­ef­fi­cient.

A spokesper­son from Sains­bury’s said the new store would cre­ate up to 25 new jobs.

The res­tau­rant would have a sep­a­rate en­trance at street level with a stair­case and a lift to the first floor.

David Nay­lor, town clerk for Bolling­ton Town Coun­cil, is urg­ing peo­ple to have their say by com­plet­ing the online form.

He said: “This is the pre­plan­ning stage, so hope­fully the devel­oper will go away and lis­ten to what peo­ple are say­ing when they do put the ap­pli­ca­tion in.”

He added that there has been some lo­cal ob­jec­tion to the de­mo­li­tion of the for­mer pub.

He said: “Peo­ple are draw­ing par­al­lels with the Co-op on Al­bert Road. They are con­cerned about traf­fic and safety, and car park­ing is a big is­sue.

“Some peo­ple are say­ing they don’t want another su­per­mar­ket.

“It’s tricky be­cause the res­tau­rant wants to ex­pand.”

Com­ment­ing on the Town Coun­cil’s face­book page, He­len Clegg Cop­ping said: “This is a beau­ti­ful build­ing. This IS the Wag­gon and Horses; a land­mark in Bolling­ton.”

The Town Coun­cil will only dis­cuss the ap­pli­ca­tion once it has sub­mit­ted to the plan­ning author­i­ties.

To com­ment on the pro­posal, which is yet to be sub­mit­ted as a for­mal plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion, go to emery­plan­ning.com.

●» Ellen Robin­son, from Pott Shrigley, Mil­lie Kenyon, from St John’s, Jack Allen and Katie Bar­ber from Bolling­ton Cross, were among the stu­dents pre­sented with bi­bles from Mayor of Bolling­ton Coun An­gela Wil­liams.

●» The Bay Leaf res­tau­rant, Welling­ton Road, Bolling­ton. Pic­ture taken from Google Street View.

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