Jobs on the way as pizza shop approved in Market Drayton
About 35 jobs are set to be created in a town after plans to turn a former post office into a pizza takeaway were approved.
Planning agents Pegasus Group has been successful with its application for a takeaway shop at the former post office in Queen Street, Market Drayton.
The large building at the entrance to Queen Street car park has been vacant since January 2015.
The remainder of the building and the yard area to the north is still used by Royal Mail as a depot and sorting office.
Councillor Matt Erwin, mayor of Market Drayton, said: “The old post office on Queen Street has stood empty for quite some time now and I am pleased to see that a large international food retailer is the likely new inhabitant.
“I cannot confirm the name as they have yet to do so themselves, however an online search shows a recruitment agency is advertising for employees for a well known and loved brand in our town.
“Competition is already part and parcel of our night time food economy and a new entrant will doubtlessly have an initial impact on exiting fast food outlets. However, I feel the new offer will appeal to a different sector of the market.”
A report by Shropshire Council case officer Alison Groom said: “The proposed change of use would not compromise the character of the area and would not harm the appearance of this part of the Market Drayton.”
“The character and appearance of the nearby conservation area would be preserved. Further more the levels of residential amenity would not be unduly harmed. The proposal will serve local needs and the wider service and employment needs of the communities within Market Drayton.”
The plans state the premises will be used as a pizza takeaway, with both collections and deliveries, and will be open until 11pm, seven days a week.
“The proposed store would create a number of full and part time local jobs for local residents.
“The building’s interior will be altered to accommodate the new hot food takeaway store. The customer service area will be located to the front right hand side of the store.
“There will be an oven and preparation area behind the service counter.
“There will be a cold room store; a washing up area; WCs and an office at the left-hand side of the store,” the plans add.