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Plan for food terrace in city centre location is approved

Plans to extend a food business in a prominent city centre spot have been approved.

A container and outdoor decked area was installed in a car park at Southgate House on Thornton Road in 2020.

But a retrospective application for the work – which would have allowed a food servery and outdoor seating area to open – was refused by Bradford Council that December.

Although the site lies within the Goitside Conservation Area, the application referred to the Thornton Village Conservation Area – four miles from this site.

Earlier this year a second application was submitted by Imran Bham and has now been approved, with planners pointing out the heritage statement is “more accurate”.

The site will soon be in an increasingly prominent part of the city centre – between the Thornton Road multi storey NCP car park and Bradford Live – which will open next year.

The site is also next to a block that includes a convenience store and Porterhouse Bros steak restaurant.

The application said: “The container has been located on site for years, but never operational.

“The intended use of the clad container is to supplement the existing adjacent restaurant operation and offer a secondary servery for externally seated customers.”

The plans were approved on a temporary basis – with the container removed after five years unless a new plan was approved.

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