If the plan goes ahead it would also create jobs that would go to locals, the people behind it have said
A former pub on a popular route into Burton could finally get a new use after plans were submitted.
The former Bell and Brewer, in Derby Street, Burton, previously known as the Rose and Crown, has been standing empty for many years and now could finally be transformed.
Derby-based Mohammed Irshad has applied to East Staffordshire Borough Council for permission to turn the building into a takeaway and cafe/restaurant which would operated from noon to 11pm.
TOP STORY: Burton boxer Frazer Clarke finishes Tokyo Olympics with bronze metal
A report submitted alongside the planning application claims there is a decreasing demand for commercial/shop units due to current economic climate due to edge of town shopping and internet sales in the area and the takeaway and restaurant would be perfect.
It also says that the plan would encourage others to invest in the area.
It added: “The proposed scheme wishes to enhance the image of the Derby Street area from being a vacant area to a commercial use which the local residents can benefit, therefore improving the overall area. There is a very high demand for grilled food, with local residents interest, and customers visiting other establishments for food, they will be able to use the client service for freshly cooked food.
“The proposed use would also contribute to the East Staffordshire planning policy statement. With approval of the proposal it would encourage commercial uses and to other occupants encouraging investment and renovation work to take place on the other vacant land in the local area.
“The proposed change of use will make efficient use of the existing building, which is in a sustainable location with appropriate service provisions and transport links. The proposal will maintain and enhance the character of the area in respect of the amenities and the surrounding buildings.
“The proposed change of use complies with national, as well as policies contained.
“A well-trained and highly motivated workforce is essential for the success of the business. Staff remuneration and training reflect this. Staff will be trained to serve courteously and speedily, and other duties as required.
“It is anticipated that up to five new jobs will be created within the store. Our client wishes to recruit locally, with equal opportunities for all staff. The construction phase will involve around 15 construction operatives.”
A council decision is due to be made in the next few months.