Five Spice restaurant expansion offer will come before planners

COUNCIL planners have recommended refusing an offer from a Belbroughton restaurant owner to increase capacity as part of efforts to recover from the Covid pandemic.

Five Spice restaurant owner Sadiq Miah has asked to expand the restaurant, which specializes in Indian and Bangladeshi cuisine, to help increase the number of diners that can be accommodated as concerns about the coronavirus persist.

The application seeks permission to add a one-story flat roof extension to the restaurant, located off the A491 Stourbridge Road, in order to create a new rectangular dining room that would be connected by a glazed hallway link.

A report to the Bromsgrove District Council planning committee says the extension would allow more clients to be housed indoors to help the company return to its pre-Covid position.

But planners recommended refusal to increase the size of the facility – saying it would negatively impact the Green Belt and only very special circumstances would lead to approval of a plan.

Restaurant with five spices. Pic – Google Street View

The report to the committee said: “The proposed extension would result in disproportionate additions beyond the size of the original building and also have a moderate impact on the opening of the green belt. The proposal would therefore result in inappropriate development in the green belt.

“Inappropriate development is, by definition, detrimental to the green belt and should only be allowed in very specific circumstances.

circumstances exist or have been put forward to outweigh the substantial damage to the green belt. ”

Mr Miah’s building permit application says temporary marquees were used during the pandemic “but these are not durable” and the proposed extension, which would be located where the marquees were, would seat 34 guests inside and would be “more visually appealing”.

Disabled toilets could also be added as part of the remodeling of the building’s interior layout and the building’s design would allow for good ventilation, demand said.

The expansion of the premises would also entail the hiring of additional staff, increasing the number from 10-15 to 20 and possibly up to 25 on weekends and public holidays.

The app adds: “The impact of Covid and the need for social distancing measures are likely to be lasting. The increase in floor space would only maintain the number of place settings provided by the restaurant before Covid.”

The report says the plan would bring economic benefits to the company and other local businesses and that Belbroughton and Romsley Councilor Karen May, head of Bromsgrove District Council, said “more seats are needed for enable the business to be sustainable in the current economic climate. environment and moving forward “.

But he indicates that the proposed extension would increase the size of the restaurant by 64m², making it 115% larger than its original footprint, and he concludes: “As the extension in this case would not be proportionate and that the applicant has not fully demonstrated that the business would fail without the proposed extension, these economic benefits are given modest weight. ”

Cllr May requested that the request be considered by the planning committee rather than determined under delegated authority.

It must now be presented to the committee on Monday, November 1. The meeting, which will start at 6 p.m., will take place at Parkside, Market Street, Bromsgrove.

Freeda S. Scott

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