Indian restaurant and former Penwortham pub should be razed to make way for shops


Flattening plans for the old Plow Inn, at the junction of Pope Lane and Cop Lane – which operated as the Shampan restaurant for its last decade – were recommended for approval by the South Ribble Council after being postponed for the month last.

Advisors returned the request for more discussions between owners and planning agents on deliveries, parking and an extraction system for a hot-to-go project.

The case will return to the planning committee on Thursday with the outstanding issues resolved.

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The former Indian restaurant Shampan which closed in May 2019.

But residents are still unhappy with the project, even if it removes a building considered to be visual pollution and a fire risk.

The 64-year-old property, built in 1957 on the site of a former plow inn dating back to at least the 1840s, has been empty since Shampan closed in May 2019.

At that time, manager Alam Hussain said he wanted to buy the building to continue as a restaurant, but was told it was not for sale. Seven months later it was sold for £ 395,000.

New owner Dharmesh Chandarama has applied to bulldoze the property and replace it with a one-story building to house a convenience store, take-out and two other retail units.

The Shampan had been serving Indian food for over a decade.

The plans have raised concerns among residents about Sunday deliveries and the size of delivery vehicles negotiating the site. After discussions between the owner and the municipality, the size of the authorized wagons was reduced to a maximum of 26 tonnes.

On the issue of Sunday deliveries, residents objected but were told stores must be able to take delivery of goods to maintain stocks. Sunday delivery times have now been reduced from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. to 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The hours of use of the extraction system at the proposed take-out point of sale have also been reduced from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. to 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

And on customer parking, LCC’s motorway department said it was not opposed to a reduction in the number of spaces from when it was a pub and restaurant. .

The Plow Inn when it closed in 2007.

Letters of opposition from neighbors indicated that the building was “out of scale” compared to its surroundings and that the proposed metal cladding on the new building was “out of character” with the neighborhood. Penwortham City Council also opposed it.

There were also issues with sight and loss of privacy, insufficient off-street parking, the risk of noise and odors, and the potential for antisocial behavior associated with take out.

Letters received in support of the new development said it would remove a “dirty and poorly lit site attracting crime”, horror and fire hazard.


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