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A new pizza restaurant is coming to Newark soon.

By Sharon Hodkin

An old Co-operative building on a main road through a Nottinghamshire village will be turned into a new pizza restaurant after planning permission was granted.

The site, in Main Street, Farnsfield had been used by the supermarket chain until it relocated to a new premises down the road, and has been empty since.

Now, permission has been granted to change the use of the building by Newark and Sherwood District Council.


Plans submitted to the council show it will have 60 seats inside the restaurant, and 15 to 20 seats outside.

It is anticipated around 10 members of staff will be employed at the busiest times of the week.

But planning officers at the council recommended that the application be refused, after advice from the county council’s highways team.

They felt it would lead to an increase in problem parking on the already-busy Main Street, with people staying for several hours while they dine.

Councillors decided to overrule this advice at a meeting of the planning committee on August 7.

A report presented to the council said there was “no provision for staff or customer parking spaces, which leads to the main concern of officers and highways officers”.

It added: “It would exacerbate existing on-street parking in the area.”

Laurence Goff, who represents the Devon ward for Labour, said: “I’m happy to support this application. I think it’s good for the local economy, and I like to see more people working in the premises and working in their neighbourhood.

“I hope more people will be able to take a job there. Young people enjoy pizza and I think a lot of them would like to work there.”

The application was made by pizza company the Rustic Crust.


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