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Go-ahead given for four new restaurants in York
FOUR new restaurants have been given the go-ahead in York, with one of the schemes meaning a city-centre supermarket could close.
City of York Council has approved applications for the Budgens store building, on the corner of George Hudson Street and Micklegate, and for two restaurants at part of the former Argos site overlooking the River Ouse on Bridge Street.
The authority’s planners have also given the go-ahead for a Bella Italia restaurant at Clifton Moor, but the operators who may move into the city-centre sites have yet to be confirmed.
The Budgens proposals were submitted by British Overseas Bank Nominees and WGTC Nominees Ltd.
They said there was “considerable” interest in the site, and restaurant chains with outlets at Sheffield’s Meadowhall centre but no York presence could not find suitable units in the city.
Silvano Scanu, who runs neighbouring Silvano’s Pizzeria and Ristorante, objected to the plans, saying another restaurant would affect the “vitality” of Micklegate when there were empty premises on George Hudson Street.
But planning officer Jonathan Kenyon’s report said there were no reasons for blocking the proposals.
Budgens has said no decision has been taken over the future of its York store but the firm is considering its options.
The Bridge Street site will be developed by Individual Restaurants, which owns the adjacent Piccolino restaurant and the Bank, Zinc and The Restaurant Bar & Grill chains. Approval was granted for the building to be used for restaurants in 2009 but expired before work could start.
The owners of the Park Inn hotel in North Street said they were “generally supportive” of the scheme, but asked for the opening and delivery times at the business to be restricted so guests were not disturbed.
Bella Italia already has a Low Petergate restaurant and will now open another at Clifton Moor.
It will cost £800,000 and create 22 jobs, with the plans being submitted by Clifton Moor Retail Park owners USS Ltd and opposed by Spirit Pub Company, which owns the nearby Flying Legends pub.
The pub company claimed the scheme would leave the area with too many restaurants, the pub would lose car-parking, and Bella Italia should have looked at city-centre sites instead.
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