Farm diner set to get go-ahead

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A FARM themed shop and diner could open in St Thomas Street if planning permission is granted today.

Scarborough Council’s planning committee is considering an application to convert former clothes shop GI Clothes in to a farm shop and steak diner.

The property, 39 St Thomas Street, forms part of a purpose built block of businesses with residential flats above, and has been closed for around two and a half years resulting in vandalism.

The application seeks permission for a change of use from retail to mixed use as the intention is the farm shop will operate in the front section of the premises with the dining area within the mid section and the kitchen and storage facilities to the rear.

The venture, which would open daily from 9am to 9pm, with the shop to close at 5.30pm, is to be called AJ’s Farm shop and diner.

Local businessman Kevin Dekeyser, who has been a well-known figure in the Scarborough area for 30 years, is the man behind the plans, which could create five new jobs.

The application has however attracted opposition from a Mr K Johnson who owns near by business Sunny Cafe. He said: “I object to this planning application as we do not need another eating cafe in the street. Although I accept competition I feel we should not start to saturate the area and this is now what I believe to be happening.”

The council’s planning officers have recommended councillors approve the plans at the committee meeting today.

Jill Low, planning manager, said; “The proposal is considered to be an acceptable change of use that would benefit the area through bringing a redundant commercial unit back in to operation.

“The proposal is considered to enhance the street scene and contribute to the variety of uses within the surrounding vicinity.

“The proposal is also considered to add to the level of activity within the area and not result in a materially harmful impact to residential amenity.”