NEWSAGENT and sweet shop Quality Corner could become Lyme Regis’ newest fish and chip takeaway, if planning permission is granted.
The shop, at the bottom of Broad Street and the Bell Cliff steps, currently sells a range of confectionary items, magazines, newspapers and ice creams.
Owner Nick Tarrant has now applied for permission for a fish and chip takeaway outlet in the shop, which follows the recent closure of Cobb Gate Fish Bar, opposite his business.
Cobb Gate Fish Bar closed last year along with the adjacent Rock Point Inn and kebab takeaway, when all three businesses were bought by St Austell Brewery. It is not the brewery’s intention to re-open the fish and chip business, and instead the three premises will be incorporated into one larger pub and restaurant.
Mr Tarrant has submitted a planning application to change the use of Quality Corner from A1 (shop) to a mixed use of A1 (shop) and A5 (hot food takeaway), so that the premises can be operated as a fish and chip shop to complement the existing retail use.
No changes to the listed building are proposed, other than the installation of a vent within the existing ground floor window in the building’s northern elevation, facing onto Broad Street.
The application states: “While it is noted the use of the building as a fish and chip shop would involve the installation of fryers and preparation of food preparation areas, etc. it is considered that these can be installed within the existing unit without resulting in the loss of historic fabric or requiring changes to the building that would affect its character and appearance requiring the need for further listed building consents.
“No changes to the historic fabric or character and appearance of the building area proposed by the development. No external changes, other than the installation of an extraction vent within the existing ground floor window facing Broad Street are proposed.
“It is noted there are similar extraction vents within listed buildings adjacent to the site. It is considered that details/specification of the proposed extraction vent could be appropriately secured by condition requiring these details to be submitted and approved by the local planning authority prior to installation.
“Overall, it is considered that the proposal involves minor and sympathetic changes to the building, none of which would harm its significance, its character and appearance or its setting.
“It is noted there are residential properties in close proximity to the site, including above the application site. In addition, there are other retail and commercial uses in operation in the surrounding area.
“The change of use is unlikely to give rise to harm to the amenity of neighbouring residents and business owners, over and above that which is already present in this area of the town.
“Further, it is proposed to install the vent within the window facing Broad Street to further minimise any potential impacts on neighbouring residents in terms of noise and odours.
“The proposed development for a change of use to enable a mix of A1 and A5 would not harm the significance, character and appearance or setting of the listed building or the neighbouring listed buildings.
“Further, the proposal would protect the viability and vitality of the town centre while supporting the building current optimal viable use as retail premises.”
The full application can be viewed online by clicking here. The plans are expected to be considered by Lyme Regis Town Council at a meeting on Tuesday, April 30 and a final decision will then be made by Dorset Council.