New takeaway plan for Honiton High Street is withdrawn

Plans to turn an empty former card shop in Honiton town centre into a hot food takeaway have been withdrawn.

The vacant premises at 96 High Street had been earmarked as an eatery that would have been open seven days a week.

Initial proposals for a change-of-use and to install an extraction system at the premises were revealed in February but withdrawn in April.

A subsequent application for internal shop fitting, installation of an extraction system, and a replacement fascia sign, was submitted in July.

This was, however, withdrawn on September 8.

No reasons have been stated as to why the applications have been shelved.

The proposed takeaway’s opening hours would have been be 4pm to midnight, Sunday to Thursday, and 4pm to 1am on Fridays and Saturdays.

Proposals said this was ‘on a par with other hot food takeaway outlets in the area’.

Blueprints described the building as ‘a significant part of the High Street’ and said it has been used as a shop for more than 20 years.

“The benefits to the local area outweigh the current use of the property – a vacant shop with ugly ‘To Let’ board on the front fascia,” said the application.

“The change of use will be a significant advantage to the property – putting it back in use as a shop, bringing increased footfall to the area and creating jobs.”

The plans added: “As the shop is currently vacant, it can only be an advantage to the local area to get it back in use, creating a vibrancy and employment in Honiton.”

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Empty shop in Honiton High Street could become hot food takeaway

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