Shambles in the market for take-away food

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A pub in Whitby’s market square is hoping to create 30 extra jobs by selling take away hot food.

The Shambles has applied for planning permission for a change of use which would allow it to sell food to take out, as well as serve meals to be consumed on the premises.

Food to take away would be available until 8pm and it is expected that the increase in trade would generate two extra working shifts at the pub, leading to the 30 new jobs.

The Shambles is also hoping to build up business within the pub and change the public’s perception of it.

Documents submitted with the planning application say: “It is the applicant’s intention to develop the daytime restaurant trade of the business by offering a wider range of meal menus and to change the general perception of the Shambles from being primarily a public house style drinking establishment.”

It adds that the takeaway request is not unreasonable given that the Shambles can cater for over 200 diners.

Agents acting on behalf of the Shambles say that the business is running at a disadvantage to its competitors who already sell take away food, therefore it is applying for a change of use.

When the Shambles development , which includes retail units on the ground floor, was created over 13 years ago a condition had been placed upon it banning the sale of food to be eaten off the premises.

But in 2006 the rules changed, making it possible for some of the food and drink businesses in the area to sell take away products but this was not applicable to the Shambles.

The application also says that food preparation equipment, cooking and fume extraction is already in place so there would be no environmental impact.

Food will be served and packaged in cardboard cartons.

The report adds there would be no “significant impact” on the number of tourists or effects on residents.