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Rhuddlan could have take-away shop despite objections from residents

RHUDDLAN could soon have a new pie and sandwich shop if a planning application is granted – despite objections from neighbours.

Julie Smith, of Offas Catering Co, has submitted a planning application for a change of use from shop to hot food restaurant at Clwyd House, High Street, Rhuddlan.

The shop is currently empty.

Miss Smith wants to open the restaurant and hot and cold take-away, offering special themed evenings, such as tapas, steak, and burger nights.

In her application to the council, she says, “In the first instance, we aim to have a bring your own wine and beer venue although a full alcohol licence maybe applied for later.

The kitchen will have ovens, a preparation area, washing-up area, and fridges/ freezers as needed to prepare and supply the hot food.

“The shop area will have tables and chairs for approximately 20 covers and a take-away counter. The business will support two full-time and three part-time staff.”

The proposed opening times are 9am until 10pm Monday to Saturday and 12pm till 7pm on Sundays and bank holidays. Some residents, though, aren’t happy with the application.

Patrick Tinker wrote to Denbighshire County Council saying: “I would like to contest this application as the construction of the property is of an age where no consideration was taken into account for sound insulation.

“Any noise made after normal working hours will be audible in my property, making it an extremely uncomfortable living environment.

“This previously happened when there was a micro brewery next door for a short time. The walls are so thin that conversations could be clearly heard.

“On busy occasions, it was unbearable. This will have an extremely detrimental effect on the well-being of any inhabitant and also the value of my property.”

Peter Derbyshire didn’t object to the business opening between 9am and 5pm but added: “We do object to the proposed 10pm closing hour as we feel this would possibly impact on close residential properties of which we are one.”

The application will likely be considered at a future Denbighshire County Council planning meeting.