A formal planning application to rebuild a collapsed takeaway in Leyland town centre has finally been submitted.
South Ribble Council has this week received plans to replace the former Shadh on Chapel Brow with a new takeaway and offices.
The owner is reportedly ‘determined to see it through’, much to the relief of residents in the area who have had to face the eyesore since 2009.
The building started falling down more than three years ago after a sewer below it collapsed, and half of the building is now crumbling and has been fenced off to the public.
The plan aims to be an improvement on the old takeaway, says the owner.
Ronald Gonshaw, from Gonshaw Associates which is the agent for applicant Badrul Pervaiz, said: “My client is quite determined to see this through, and he wants to make quite an impression on the high street.
“The new takeaway is very forward-looking and attractive, so it will be a very big plus for Leyland.
“He was interested not in a repetition of the former takeaway, but in enhancing the street-scene with a new look.”
He added: “The plans have been submitted so it’s in the hands of the planning department now.
“I don’t know what the timescale will be for getting the work done, if the plans are approved.”
The Guardian reported earlier this year that the business had changed hands, and the new owner submitted an application to the council to get permission to demolish the building.
The plans were put on hold following a dispute with the owner and the contractors.
But Mr Gonshaw said he has been working with the same client on this planning application since June last year.
Resident Pip Flynn, who lives on nearby Fleetwood Street, said: “This is fantastic news for all of the residents around here.
“At last, this eyesore will be returned to its former glory, hopefully within the next six months.
“I will always have a bit of reservation until I see the first brick being laid, but I’m pleased with the news.”
He added: “I don’t think another takeaway for Chapel Brow would have been anyone’s first choice, but it’s certainly better than the bombsite we’ve had to put up with for the last three and a half years.”
South Ribble Council’s cabinet member for Strategic Planning and Housing, Coun Cliff Hughes, added: “This has been a long time coming, now we finally have some light at the end of the tunnel.
“We have worked with the owners for some time to get this resolved, now the council has all the pieces of the jigsaw in place to be able to deal with their application to sort out this eyesore once and for all.
“I’d like to thank the neighbouring residents for their continued patience and co-operation, and we can now all be very hopeful that the New Year will bring in a new start for Chapel Brow.”
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