East Herts grants planning permission for Pizza Hut takeaway
Pizza Hut has won planning permission to set up a takeaway in Bishop's Stortford.
East Herts Council has approved its application to convert the former Halfords car parts and bicycle shop in South Street into a fast food outlet.
The world's largest pizza chain used to have a restaurant in the Jackson Square premises recently vacated by women's fashion shop Joules.
The new takeaway is set to open from 11am each day until 11pm and employ 10 full-time and 15 part-time staff.
The premises are flanked by Co-op Funeralcare and a Sue Ryder charity shop and are part of a four-storey terraced building with flats above.
The conversion works proposed include alterations to the shopfront, including changing the existing recessed double doors to a flush single door, and changes to the rear elevation including the installation of an extract grill.
East Herts has a policy to restrict non-retail uses to a maximum of 30% of the total sum of the length of primary retail frontages in the town centre.
A report by officers concluded: "This is a busy commercial location and as such the introduction of a hot food takeaway is unlikely to lead to any significant increase in noise and disturbance that would adversely impact on neighbouring residents, including those in the flats above."