Chippy proposal moves step closer

Plans for a revamp of outbuildings in Stoops Weind, Garstang, which would result in the setting up of a new fish and chip cafe and takeaway are a step closer becoming reality.

Wednesday, 19th December 2012, 9:28 am

Garstang town councillors decided they had no objection to the conversion plans, although at the request of borough councillor Lady Dulcie Atkins there will be a debate on the proposals at Wyre Council’s planning committee, which will make a final decision.

As reported in The Courier recently, Preston-based Lanceshire Limited has plans to convert outbuildings on Stoops Weind into two commercial premises – a fish and chip shop and another as yet unspecified business.

Lanceshire Ltd revealed the plans in October, pointing out that its project was an integral part of its purchase and on-going improvements of Stoops Hall on High Street, the ground floor of which Lanceshire rents to Dawsons of Blackpool, which runs Singletons.

Lanceshire Ltd says work on the conversion of the building at the rear of Singletons will begin as soon as planning approval is given.

Work would take about six to eight weeks, meaning that, if planning permission is given early in the new year, the two new businesses could be up and running by the spring, giving Garstang centre a boost.

The two businesses would be opposite the M&Co premises. The investment would create about 12 new jobs, four full-time and eight part-time.

The fish and chip cafe and takeaway would back on to Park Hill Road and would seat up to 36 people.

Lanceshire’s agents say they have already have a “reputable tenant” lined up for the fish and chip business, though have yet to reveal the company’s name.

Garstang Chamber of Trade spokesman Mr Damian Carr has already welcomed the investment in the Weind, saying it would both be a benefit to the town and an improvement to the street scene in the area.

The Weind has been given a series of mini-makeovers in recent years, the last when M&Co moved into the former Booths store about two years ago.

The next Wyre planning committee will be held on January 9, although it is not yet know if the Stoops Weind plan will be on that meeting’s agenda.

A Wyre Council spokesperson said she was unable to confirm when the plans would be considered.