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Council bosses have the green light for the new eatery on Queen Street in Blackpool

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A new cafe is set to open in Blackpool town centre
A new cafe is set to open in Blackpool town centre

A former betting shop in Blackpool is set to be converted into a cafe after being given the green light by council bosses.

The premises at 37 Queen Street was last used as a William Hill bookies but has remained vacant for some time.

Chris Walker of Old Bank Lane in Blackburn has submitted plans to change the use of the premises to open a cafe which have now been approved by Blackpool Council.

The new cafe will include a bar area, bar servery, kitchen, entrance into the yard behind and accessible toilet. In the basement there will be a store, ladies and gents toilets and a cleaning store.

Three full-time and one part-time jobs will be created by the new business.

The cafe will serve cold, pre-prepared food and opening hours will be from 9am until late each night.

In the decision notice, the planning officer stated: “The previous use of the unit was as a betting office and the neighbouring ground floor units are in use as a shop and a public house.

“There is a public house next door and many more bars and nightclubs on the street, therefore there is little reason to assume that the change of use to a café bar would generate any more noise disturbance than what already exists assuming that appropriate safeguards are put in place.”

Work on the premises must start within three years.