A new takeaway has been granted permission to open in a former pub on Moor Lane, in the heart of Preston’s university district.Advertisement
The former student favourite The Queen Victoria has been closed for a number of years and currently stands boarded up and vandalised.
Tulketh-based owner Ibrahmin Sanibal has been given the green light to turn it into a takeaway with student flats above.
Council planning officers have said the takeaway can open despite being within 400m of a local school.
Preston City Council has a policy of refusing hot food takeaways which are within 400m of a school, but it is rarely enforced.
Officers felt on this occasion because the takeaway would be the only one in the location it did not cause a significant issue.
The takeaway will be open from 11am to 11pm every night of the week.
Mr Sanibal’s plans state: “The proposed takeaway is intended primarily to serve the local student community and in particular several recently established student accommodation residences within the nearby vicinity. There is some provision for road parking along Moor Lane and several student reserved car parks nearby, but the overwhelming majority of customers are expected to originate within a short walking distance of the proposed takeaway, and hence the facility may be accommodated without detriment to highway safety.
“We would note that the proposed takeaway replaces a former public house with similar opening hours and level of impact upon the local community and residential amenity.”
No development can take place until Mr Sanibal has submitted a noise impact assessment for his plans.
You can view the full plans on the city council website.
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