Objector fears a cafe at Matalan in Scarborough 'might make the clothes smell'

A retail giant hoping to open a cafe inside its Scarborough store is now looking to include outside seating as part of its application.

Matalan wants a cafe with outdoor seating at the St Thomas Street side of its store

Matalan applied for permission for a cafe unit at the St Thomas Street entrance side of its store earlier this year.

It has now lodged a second, separate application to allow an area of outside seating, also in St Thomas Street, for the cafe.

As part of its original application, which is still waiting for approval, the company included a recent appeal decision from Grimsby in which the planning inspectorate overturned a council decision to refuse a Next store permission to open a cafe as part of its supporting evidence.

There is no indication as to how many people could be served by the cafe if it were to get planning permission.

One person has objected to the plans saying there are enough cafes in the area and “the inevitable smells from the cafe could impact on the clothing they sell”.