Plan for pizza takeaway at former bank in Mansfield Woodhouse
A former bank building in Mansfield Woodhouse that has stood empty for about five years could soon be turned into a pizza restaurant and takeaway.
A planning application has been submitted to Mansfield District Council to transform what was the NatWest Bank in the middle of High Street.
The developers say the eaterie would provide “a much-needed economic boost” for Woodhouse, particularly at a time when it is in need of regeneration.
It is not known yet which pizza company would operate the restaurant, but the intention is to create three full-time jobs and two part-time jobs. It would be open every day from 8 am to 11 pm.
The council’s planning officers are currently considering the proposal, with a decision expected in June after consultation with neighbours.
However, it has already met with scepticism from Coun Amanda Fisher, who represents the Woodhouse ward on the council.
She welcomes the interest being shown in reviving the building, but questions whether another takeaway is what the area needs.
"There are eight or nine already nearby, so I’m not convinced it’s appropriate to have another one,” said Coun Fisher.
"It is purely on health grounds. This is a low-income, deprived area, and we should be considering the Healthy Mansfield report when coming to planning decisions.
"There are health risks, particularly with regard to obesity.
"I’m pleased that the building would be used. But I would also prefer something to be done at the other end of Woodhouse, towards the post office and Station Street, where there are some beautiful, old buildings that need restoring. They are in such a state.”
The High Street application is being handled by the London-based agency Delta Tech Ltd on behalf of Bajinder Athwal, director of the Mansfield-based Fireaway Stores Ltd, which runs takeaways and mobile food outlets.
Delta Tech says the outlet would include a new shop front and door, replacement windows and a small seating area inside.
The materials used would be suitable for the character of the building, which sits within a parade of two-storey properties that has architectural value.
The former NatWest Bank building is not listed but does fall within the Mansfield Woodhouse conservation area.
Delta Tech stresses that the cooking of food at the premises would not cause any noise, strong smells or excessive smoke.