Signs have gone up announcing that a fusion cafe will be opening in the village centre shortly.
Lilies is preparing to open in the former Cedrics premises which has been empty since the chemists relocated to the new medical centre at the Festival Hall over two years ago. The unit is being advertised as being available to lease on a temporary basis.
Plans to extend the retail premises on London Road and convert the above offices into apartments were refused by the Northern Planning Committee today in March.
Members of the committee went against the Planning Officer's recommendation for approval and voted unanimously against CCM Industries' proposal to erect a three-storey extension to the rear of 65 and 67 London Road and amalgamate the ground floor retail space to create a c.2,000 sq.ft unit.
Additionally the scheme included reconfiguring and extending the floorspace on the first and second floors as well as changing the use from offices to residential to create five two-bedroom apartments.
Prior to this a planning application to enable 67 London Road to be changed into a restaurant was withdrawn in September 2017.
At the time there was no specific restaurant use envisaged for the property but the change of use was applied for to enable the premises to be marketed as a potential restaurant.