Restaurant plans up for approval

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PLANS to bring a new bar and restaurant to Forfar are a step closer to becoming reality.

At a development standards committee meeting yesterday (Tuesday) as the Dispatch and Herald went to press the Orchardbank plan was recommended for conditional approval, and it would be up to councillors to give it the green light.

Muir Construction Ltd., has asked for permission to place a restaurant with licensed bar and associated living accommodation at land adjacent to the site already earmarked for KFC at Sylvie Way, Orchardbank.

In a report, Eric Lowson, director of infrastructure services, said: “The proposed site plan also provides for 54 parking spaces (three of which are for disabled use), a cycle shed, a children’s play area, a terrace, grassed areas and some tree planting.

“The building itself is predominantly occupied by seating areas for diners but there is a small bar, play area, toilets, a kitchen and plant rooms.

“The associated residential accommodation is proposed at first floor level and comprises three bedrooms, living room, kitchen and bathroom.

“A small office and two small bathrooms are also proposed here.”

The proposed operator of the restaurant will be the Marston’s chain.

At present Marston’s operate around 2,150 pubs and bars mostly in England and Wales but are now expanding north of the border. Of these properties there are around 1,650 tenanted or leased pubs and around 500 managed pubs at the heart of thriving local communities – of which 40 are hotels.

Mr Lowson continued: “The applicant considers it necessary for security and the management to have a manager living on site.

“Further, the applicant states that in all cases for bespoke new build family pub restaurants as proposed at Forfar it is an operational requirement and expectation for the manager to live above the trading premises.”

During consultations the head of economic development raised concerns that the residential flat creates “scope for conflict” with surrounding future occupants.

Mr Lowson said: “However, he suggests that this risk needs to be balanced against the job creation opportunities.”

At present no letters of representation have been received about this application.

Mr Lowson added: “The development will provide new roadside service facilities at a location reserved for that purpose in the development plan.

“There are no material planning considerations that would justify refusal of the application.”

The development must begin three years after permission is granted, the local authority must be given further details about the overall construction and any hard and soft landscaping plans must be approved before beginning.