Demolition of the Penwortham Indian restaurant site is imminent

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Notices and fencing have been erected on the site of the former Shampan Indian Restaurant site in Pope Lane, which closed in May 2019 and has been vacant since. It used to be the Plow Inn pub.

Demolition contractor Pete Marquis said the work should be done by the end of next week, within days.

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The demolition of the old pub is imminent

The building was sold for £395,000 in December 2019, and in November last year new owner Dharmesh Chandarana of Chorley-based CCPI Ltd succeeded in having all existing buildings on the site demolished for make way for a new one-story mixed-use development that will feature three separate retail units and a hot food take-out.

The landlord’s agent told South Ribble Borough Council that the new development would ‘enhance the general appearance of the site and safeguard the future of the local center of Kingsfold’.

But a total of 25 public objections were filed against the proposal, along with 16 letters of support.

A group of people living close to the site said a 15-space car park for customers, with an additional five spaces for staff, was insufficient for an area already plagued by parking problems.

Other concerns were that the commercial development was too large for the area and that reopening an opening on Woodville Road for deliveries would compromise pedestrian safety.

However, Jane Clarkson, secretary to the 10 residents of neighboring Woodville Court flats, told the planning meeting that they were happy with the proposed development as it removed uncertainty about what might happen to the derelict site.

In recommending the redevelopment, council planning officers said: ‘The proposed development would not be out of place with the local area and there are no road safety or neighbor amenity concerns raised by motorways county or environmental health, subject to the imposition of conditions.”

It has been suggested that 18 full-time and part-time jobs will be created by the new development, but no construction timetable has been given.

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