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Pizza Hut wants to open takeaway in former Bishop's Stortford Halfords

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Pizza Hut is returning to Bishop's Stortford for a slice of the town's takeaway business.

The world's largest pizza chain used to have a restaurant in the Jackson Square premises now occupied by women's fashion shop Joules.

A planning application has been lodged with East Herts Council to convert the former Halfords car parts and bicycle shop in South Street. Permission is being sought for change of use from retail shop to hot food takeaway.

It would be open from 10am each day until 11pm Sundays to Thursdays and until midnight Fridays and Saturdays, 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.

In a statement to EHC's planning department, agent Adam Beamish said: "The operational development associated with the proposed change of use firstly comprises installation of a replacement shop front... and secondly installation of plant and an associated extraction system, the majority of which will be internal save for two chiller/freezer condenser units which will be affixed to the rear elevation of the premises, along with a fresh air intake louvre and an extract outlet louvre."

Advertising consent for an internally illuminated Pizza Hut fascia sign, two company logos and a projecting sign is also being sought.

Mr Beamish said: "The proposed change of use would enhance the role, function, viability and vitality of Bishop's Stortford town centre by restoring active usage and frontage of premises within the centre which have been vacant for several months.

"The proposed introduction of a hot food takeaway in this location will not result in an over-concentration of such uses within the immediate vicinity, with no other hot food takeaway premises on either side of the application premises or on the opposite side of South Street."

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