An abandoned Indian restaurant will be razed to make way for new commercial development.
Councilors authorized the demolition of the old Shampan restaurant in Penwortham and its replacement with three one-story stores and a hot take-out service.
The venue, on Pope Lane, has been empty since May 2019 and has become a hotspot for anti-social behavior, with residents complaining of issues such as arson and vandalism.
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In its place, the new center will include a take-out, a food store and two non-food retail stores.
The South Ribble Planning Committee has granted permission for the new development over objections from neighbors unhappy with the size of the new stores and the lack of planned parking.
County Hall guidelines recommend up to 50 spaces for such a development, but a lower capacity was deemed appropriate for this land, due to the presence of parking behind the nearby Co-Op store and nearly two dozens of spaces on Pope Lane itself.
But without objection from Lancashire County Council’s Highways Department, councilors could not refuse on these grounds and instead chose to include conditions that restrict delivery times.
The building was erected as the Plow Inn in the 1950s on the site of a former pub of the same name that had been there for at least a century. The Plow Inn closed in 2008 and has been transformed into a restaurant which itself closed two years ago.
Opinions are divided among proponents of the redevelopment and more of those worried about the prospects for the future.
Among the comments supporting the plans, many hoped to see an end to the litter, vandalism and other anti-social behavior associated with the building, which itself has been repeatedly described as an “eyesore.”
Those who oppose the proposal have raised concerns about the size of the new development and its relative lack of parking, as well as the addition of another takeout near the residences.
The increased traffic and the ability of trucks to maneuver safely around the site were also raised by several opponents.
In the end, the South Ribble planning committee voted in favor of the request and demolition and reconstruction can proceed.
In the initial request, owner Hitesh Chandarana said, âThe development is in a sustainable location and would provide many economic, social and environmental benefits to the local community.
âThe proposed redevelopment of the site would return a vacant site to appropriate uses and the planning application presented deserves the support of council.
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