New chippy incoming at Poulton shop which has sat abandoned for 10 years

A new fish and chip shop is set to open in Poulton, with planners set to give the green light to a proposal.

The shop, which has been empty for 10 years, has been earmarked as a potential site for the new chippy. A planning application was submitted to Wyre Council by applicant Steven Geddes in December for a proposed change of use from a shop to a hot food takeaway.

The empty shop premises are at 96 Garstang Road East, which has been vacant since 2013. Now councillors on Wyre’s planning committee are set to decide on the ‘change of use’ application at the planning meeting on Wednesday, June 5.

Seven letters of objection have been lodged with Wyre’s planning portal, while four letters of support have been submitted and one neutral comment.

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Objections have been submitted on the grounds of detrimental impact on highway safety, as well as fears of exacerbating existing problems with parking and manoeuvring of commercial and private vehicles, resulting in accidents.

Concerns over drives being blocked by vehicles and additional noise and disturbances have also been lodged. However, the proposals have been recommended for approval by the planning officer.

The designated spot is on the far end of a terraced row of shops whose units at 90-94 are occupied by a neighbouring Spar store. Proposed opening times for the hot food outlet would be 11.30am until 2pm and 4.30pm to 7.30pm each day.

The planning officer’s report to the committee said that no external seating area is proposed and bins would be stored and collected from the rear of the property. The front forecourt would be used for parking, while no layout changes are proposed to the ground floor area and the elevations of the property would be unchanged.

in the report, the planning officer states: “The change of use from retail to hot food takeaway in this location is considered to be acceptable in principle.

“The proposal is also considered not to result in any visual harm and, subject to conditions to control the impacts arising from noise and odour, the proposal would not result in any significant impacts upon residential amenity.”