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SOMERSET: New Bridgwater takeaway approved

SOMERSET: New Bridgwater takeaway approved

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Permission has been granted for a new takeaway in Bridgwater town centre – just two minutes’ walk from where plans for a separate takeaway were refused.

Sedgemoor District Council’s development committee narrowly voted to refuse planning permission for a new fried chicken outlet on West Quay in December 2020, arguing it would be out of keeping with the town centre.

Applicant Mudassar Raja is currently fighting an appeal against the committee’s decision, with the Planning Inspectorate expected to make a ruling later in the year.

The same committee has now granted permission for fellow Bridgwater resident Savilay Seven to open a new takeaway on New Road – just a short walk from the West Quay site.

The committee voted to approve the plans at a virtual meeting held on Tuesday (March 30), which will see the former nail bar at 3A New Road converted into a hot food takeaway outlet.

The new premises will be open between 3pm and 10pm daily, including Sundays and bank holidays, with home deliveries continuing until 11pm.

Michael Shepherd of Shattock Associates, which is representing the applicant, stated: “The property is in the town centre amongst other shops and takeaway restaurants. There are also pubs and off-licences nearby.

“The proposal will therefore add to the vibrancy of the town centre location going forward.

“The premises will be provided with indoor seating, so that customers waiting to be served will not be loitering outside the premises.”

New Road lies just off Eastover, which forms part of the Bridgwater Celebration Mile – one of the projects which will be enhanced under the Towns Fund proposals recently submitted to the government.

 

Daniel Mumby, Local Democracy Reporter


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