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New cafe looks set to go-ahead

An application to turn a town centre barber’s shop into a cafe was deferred by East Riding planning councillors this week although it looks like the plan will ultimately go ahead, despite an objection from one neighbouring cafe owner that it should be refused because there were already too many food outlets in Beverley.

Members of the eastern area planning sub-committee considered the application on Monday and decided to defer a decision but delegate the application to the director of planning and economic regeneration to approve, subject to a number of conditions being met – including an agreement on opening hours, adequate extraction units being installed and that the outside area is not used by customers.

Beverley Town Council had no objection to the proposal but the committee did receive an objection from Mr Chris Connolly who wrote: “I am currently going through the process of taking over the lease for the Pepperpot cafe just up the road. This application shouldn’t be granted as it will further increase the numbers of food outlets in an already crowded marketplace. Surely it should be better to have premises open and trading rather than the current white-washed windows of the Pepperpot.”