It’s Battle of the Takeaways as yet another set to open!
The village is set to lose another shop to the burgeoning fast food industry as Colnbrook Food and Wine is set to become a takeaway.
Application P/10489/002 was registered on the 12th September. It seeks a change of use from A1 commercial premises to A3 and A5 restaurant, takeaway mixed uses.
Under the terms of the application the appearance would remain the same at street level, bar re-signing and installation of an extraction flu to the side elevation. The applicant says the change would be in keeping with the other commercial premises on Colnbrook Court.
Internally there would be seating for 24.
The shop has had a chequered history recently, reopening in March after being shut down for a mouse infestation. Levine Whitham, from SBC’s food and safety team, said at the time:
This is one of the worst mice infestations I have seen and it is unacceptable for the shop to have continued trading with such a widespread and obvious problem.
The thirst for takeaways in the area appears to be almost as unquenchable as that for warehousing.
In July, application P/05832/003 was approved by the Planning Committee to allow a change of use from Retail (Class A1) to Hot Food Takeaway (Class A5) at 6 Cherwell Close, Brands Hill, adjacent to the New Ocean takeaway.
In August we revealed that former parish councillor Rakesh Pabbi had bought the MCK Cafe behind The Punchbowl, coverting it to a kebab house. The renamed takeway has reopened under the name Fat Boys.
Meanwhile newcomer Mama’s Grill which set up next to the George pub has had a change of hands, re-opening recently as Village Grill.
Earlier this year Cllr Walsh intervened over the growing number of fast food outlets in the area.
An application (P/14751/003) to convert a family home at 590 London Road into a fast food outlet was turned down after Cllr Walsh hit out at the “imbalance of fast food outlets in the borough and, particularly, in Colnbrook”.
Last year plans were rejected for the Red Lion pub to be turned into another takeway and for chargrilled food to be sold from a van outside the Tantric Blue gentlemen’s club.
But a street trading application to sell curries outside Gibtel Lodge was approved.
An extension to a previously approved planning permission was dropped by the owner after the Parish Council lodged an objection. The half-completed Alice’s Cafe on Market Place, Colnbrook, was set to open as a bistro but was never completed. It was previously a printers but has been closed for many years.
The working name for the new takeaway shown in plans submitted with the application is “Colnbrook Eat In/ Take Out Restaurant”.