Bar design plan for former clothes shop set to be refused by council

Bar design plan for former clothes shop set to be refused by council

by Henry James (July 2021)

A PLANNING application to carry out façade work to 3 and 3A Moor Street, Ormskirk as part of wider plans to convert the former Dorothy Perkins shop into a licensed premises have been recommended for refusal by council officers.

The proposals for the façade work will be heard at the West Lancashire Planning Committee on Thursday, July 22.

This application was to be determined under the council’s delegation scheme, however, Councillor Dowling has requested it be referred to Committee to consider the impact of the development on the town centre, local amenity, character of the town and the character of the Conservation Area.

The proposal would see the removal the existing shopfront glazing and double doors which would be replace with glazed bi-fold doors across the full width of the unit at ground floor level.

Officers stated that the planned changes would be harmful to the visual amenity and character of the conservation area and would result in unacceptable noise disturbance to neighbouring residential properties.”

Earlier this year, simultaneous licencing and planning applications were submitted for the Moor Street site with a view to a new bar opening, with plans submitted detailing the layout across two floors. The new bar would be called Townhouse.

Cllr Dowling has called in all the applications. One of the applications for a change of use from retail to drinking establishment is still pending consideration.

Following consultation with licencing officers, any potential opening times were set in line with other town centre bars. However, the licence holds no weight unless planning permission is granted, which hasn’t been as yet.

Joseph Clayton at Clayton Architecture Limited, who are the architects behind the application being decided on July 22 commented that it was disappointing and “a very close minded approach” given that they have recently received approval for a “very similar proposal on a Grade II* Listed Building in Penrith.”

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