Council approves two floors of residential flats above new Crewe town centre eatery
By Ryan Parker
24th Nov 2022 | Local News
Cheshire East Council has given the green light for two floors of residential flats in Crewe town centre - located above a new noodle bar.
The council approved Mr Jidang Hu and Mrs Cuixia Zhang's change of use for 5 Earle Street on Thursday (November 24).
This development will see a conversion of the three-storey property's first and second floors to residential flats.
The ground floor space was recently occupied by Hong's Noodle & Dumpling Bar - opening on Tuesday (October 18).
This eatery replaced Earle Street Cafe and Takeaway which closed down in 2020 - during the COVID-19 pandemic.
These residential flats will have a separate entrance from Earle Street and a fire exit to the rear service yard.
A Cheshire East Planning Department case officer was happy with the change of use proposals.
They said: "The proposed development is considered to be of acceptable design, in keeping with the character of the area and would not adversely impact upon the amenities of neighbours.
"The proposal would comply with all relevant policies within the Development Plan.
"As such, the application is recommended for approval."
Off-road parking for the residential flats will not be provided.
It is believed there is enough parking in the town centre area for the proposals to be acceptable - such as nearby Thomas Street.
A design, access and supporting statement read: "The proposals involves the residential use of vacant and underused uppers floors within Crewe town centre.
"This complies with national and local planning policies to maintain and enhance and vitality of town centres.
"It provides homes in a most sustainable location within walking and cycling distance of a wide range of employment, services and facilities."
The Crewe town centre residential development will commence within three years of this approval.
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