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Planners to discuss patisserie opening hours extension proposal
DARLINGTON planners will discuss proposals to open a vintage tea rooms and debate whether to extend the opening hours of an upmarket patisserie at a meeting next week.
Kevin Hardcastle has plans to convert an empty former shop unit, in Bondgate, into a tea rooms and shop selling vintage teapots. Planning officers are recommending the scheme for approval.
A report prepared for members states: “In strict terms, the proposal is contrary to local plan policy which seeks to safeguard the secondary shopping frontages primarily for shopping.
“However, this part of Bondgate no longer functions as an important shopping frontage, with [the] level of shopping activity below that necessary to support a viable and lively shopping frontage.
“Furthermore, the relevant local plan policies are now somewhat dated and need to be considered.”
The committee will also debate plans for changes at Robineau Patisserie, in West Auckland Road, Cockerton.
The popular patisserie is seeking a variation to its opening hours, to allow Sunday opening and extended hours on special occasions such as Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day.
Eight letters of objection have been received from local residents, with issues around parking and noise raised.
One local resident wrote: “I object to the stale smell of food that lingers at the back of the property and this is worse on some days, depending on the wind direction, and I don’t want to smell this at night or hear the compressors on the roof.”
Another has raised concerns about the planned extension to opening hours, their fear being that the bakery ultimately becomes a fully-licensed venue, similar to a wine bar.
Despite these concerns, planning officers are recommending the scheme for approval.
Finally, planners will consider a proposal to move the Mechanics Institute snooker club from its Skinnergate premises to a former hairdressers in Bondgate.
The club’s current premises are to be turned into a bar and nightclub, which has brought about the planned move.
Darlington Association on Disability has objected on accessibility grounds.
It said: “The applicant has chosen a venue that it says is not accessible to anyone who has a mobility problem.
“Private clubs of this type are not exempt from equality legislation and just because the old club was upstairs doesn’t exempt from their duty of anticipation, i.e. to anticipate how disabled people will access services or facilities.”
:: The committee meets at 1.30pm on Wednesday (October 23) at the town hall.
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