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Former car sales showroom to be transformed into restaurant and coffee shop

Papers submitted with the proposal indicate eight new jobs at the Banbridge premises

A new restaurant and coffee shop is on the cards for Banbridge.

The latest eatery earmarked for the Co Down town’s thriving commercial centre is being recommended for approval.

Located at 51 Church Street, papers submitted with the proposal indicate eight new jobs at the address.

The site in question is described as a former car sales showroom which has been vacant for about two years. It currently forms part of a mixed-use commercial, retail and church complex.

The application had been submitted by Carryduff man Dean Beckett.

In total, the new restaurant premises would stretch to close to 300 sq metres.

A parking survey indicates the development will require 29 parking spaces based on the expected floor area. It states that the only time the number of necessary spaces would fall below this figure is on Sunday morning when the church is in use, and falls outside the opening hours of the planned restaurant and coffee shop.

The premises would trade from 8am until 10pm, Monday to Saturday.

The application has been recommended for approval by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council planning officials.

It will be up to councillors to decide whether or not to accept that opinion at the next planning meeting.

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