Cafe bid gets support of neighbouring residents

It is hoped the vacant shop on the end of Turpin Green Lane, where it meets Stanley Street, will become a cafe
It is hoped the vacant shop on the end of Turpin Green Lane, where it meets Stanley Street, will become a cafe
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More than 160 people have shown their support for plans which would see a new cafe and sandwich bar open in Leyland.

Applicant Liza Turner wants to transform a derelict shop on the corner of Turpin Green Lane and Stanley Street, near the town centre, into a new food hub.

She has hit the streets and managed to round up support from locals including residents from nearby Starkie Street, Canberra Road, Alice Avenue, Bent Lane, Charnock Street, East Street, Princess Street, Goulding Avenue, Stanley Street and Turpin Green Lane.

Now, she has handed in a petition with 161 signatures along with a planning application to South Ribble Council.

In her application letter, she writes: “By opening a sandwich bar at this location I can not see it having any direct impact on business in the town centre.

“It is a completely different customer that will be coming into my shop.

“Customers eating on Hough Lane are usually shopping and as a result would pop into one of the local food bars.

“I would class my shop as more of a passing trade shop, probably with people who are heading out of town in the morning to work, for example.”

Mrs Turner, from Kingswood Road, Leyland, added: “I hoped it may be beneficial to see what the local people who visit the other shops on this row think of the proposed application, so I put together a petition in support and asked locals to sign if they support the application.

“I have had some great feedback and I hope it would be a great addition to the row of shops already there.”

She outlines plans to combat any smells from the hot food such as bacon and sausages by installing an extraction fan, and suggested that parking will not be a problem because customers are only expected to be in her shop for around five or 10 minutes.

If approved, the shop will sell hot breakfast sandwiches, cold sandwiches, paninis, toasties, jacket potatoes and soup.