Popular Indian restaurant threatened with closure to make way for housing despite 30 objections

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A popular Indian restaurant may soon close as part of plans to convert the building into housing.

Little Tiger, in Abbey Village, Chorley, opened two years ago in a building that dates back to around 1870, when it was originally the public house of the Royal Hotel. The restaurant, previously owned by Naga, opened just days before the first nationwide lockdown but survived a tough two years and now enjoys rave reviews on Tripadvisor, Facebook and Google.

However, a planning application to convert the building into three flats and construct a further six houses was submitted in April and will be presented to Chorley Borough Council’s planning committee on Tuesday evening (September 13). If approved, three apartments will be created on three floors in the existing building and six four-bed houses will be built on the rest of the land.

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The application, from Longton-based developer Roxford Homes, says the plan will give the historic building a sustainable future and ‘fully preserve the essential character, appearance, readability and significance of the conservation area’. It adds that “the proposed development will be largely hidden from public view at the rear of the building, where it will adjoin the existing modern housing development”.

More than 30 objections were filed against the application with concerns including loss of business, size of new homes and impact on traffic and road safety. Despite these objections, a report prepared for the committee recommends that the application be approved. It states: ‘It is considered that the proposed development would have no detrimental impact on the character of the area and is consistent with the policy objectives of the Framework and Chorley Local Plan 2012-2026 which aim to achieve sustainable development .

“It is also considered that the proposed development would not cause undue damage to nearby residents’ amenities, traffic safety or flood risk. Finally, the proposed development would retain the character, appearance and setting of the Abbey Village Conservation Area and is therefore recommended for approval.

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