Indian restaurant Wolverhampton will build an overnight apartment for its staff in a new extension

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A popular Indian restaurant in a Wolverhampton suburb will build a new extension with additional staff accommodation. Penn Tandoori on Penn Road, a mile from the town centre, has obtained planning permission to extend its first floor to the rear, and also to demolish half of the current store building – also to the rear of the property – and replace it with a new two-story storage unit.

The current premises consist of the restaurant – which occupies the entire ground floor – with accommodation on the first and second floors facing the street. In a report to planners submitted alongside the proposals, Stourbridge-based architect Stephen Symonds said: “This application is a resubmission of a project which originally received planning approval in 2016 but has not not been implemented within the legal period of three years.

“The property has been operating as a restaurant for many years now and was the subject of a previous application in May 2005 for a one-storey rear extension to the restaurant and kitchen areas. This application also included plans for a new glazed entrance entrance hall to the front Proposals were approved in November 2005 and work completed thereafter.

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“The restaurant is in a major residential suburb of Wolverhampton and is centrally located in a parade of local shops serving the area. Penn Road is a busy main thoroughfare in and out of the city center from Wolverhampton, which means the restaurant attracts customers from a wide area,” the report adds.

“The expanded first floor space is to be converted into two self-contained one bedroom facilities for restaurant staff, with a further one bedroom apartment and studio on the existing upper floors. Regarding vehicle access in the restaurant, guest parking is available at the front, which also includes two disabled spaces. Communal communal parking at the rear of the property is also available.

“As the restaurant does not do business during normal business hours of 9am-5pm, customer traffic would have little to no impact on general parking arrangements throughout the day.” The establishment, which was first opened by the owner, Mr. Jay Uddin, in 1990, opens its doors in the evening, seven days a week.

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