Blackpool set for new Indian restaurant at site of women’s clothing shop

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Plans to convert the former shop in Highfield Road into a new restaurant have been approved


The proposed signage for the new restaurant
The proposed signage for the new restaurant (Image: Blackpool Council)

A new Indian restaurant is set to open in Blackpool.

An application from Mr and Mrs Morris and approved by Blackpool Council reveals plans for the former Gold Boutique shop at 107 Highfield Road.

The premises, in the middle of a row of commercial premises including shops, offices and takeaways, is to be converted into an Indian restaurant called A se Anar.

The plans reveal the restaurant will seat 19 people and will include a bar area, kitchen and toilets. The first floor will continue to be used as a separate residential flat.

With reference to the potential noise impact of the new restaurant the council’s planning officer states: “There is existing permanent residential accommodation located above the unit, therefore there is the potential for the scheme to have a negative impact on residential amenity. However, the site falls within a busy district centre and as such a higher level of noise disturbance and activity is an intrinsic and unavoidable element of living in the area.

“The previous use of the unit was as a shop and the neighbouring ground floor units are also in commercial uses, notably a restaurant and takeaway. Therefore there is little reason to assume that the change of use to a restaurant would generate any more noise disturbance than what already exists.”

The officer goes on to recommend permission be granted and states: “As set out above, the scheme is considered to represent sustainable development and no other material planning considerations have been identified that would outweigh this assessment. On this basis, planning permission should be approved.”

No objections were raised about the plans and the council has now formally granted permission.